Salvation Bible Basics

8th Commandment: Do Not Steal

Salvation Bible Basics


The eighth commandment is in verse fifteen. “Thou shalt not steal.” You might not think of yourself as a thief, but have you ever taken a paper clip without permission? Have you ever taken a rubber band or a pencil or a pen? Who hasn’t? The Bible says, “Thou shalt not steal.”

The Bible doesn’t say, “Well, as long as it is under twenty‑five cents it really doesn’t count.” I remember being taught that in school. My teacher said, “As long as it is under twenty‑five cents, it doesn’t count.”

That stuck in my mind. According to her I can steal twenty‑four cents here and twenty‑four cents there and get away with it. But God doesn’t look at it that way. You will not find that in your Bible. Have you ever taken anything that wasn’t yours? Then you have broken the 8th commandment and are guilty before God.