Is it OK to steal?
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This Bible contradiction is from the Skeptic's Annotated Bible.


Stealing is OK sometimes

Genesis 31:19 View context

Rachel stole her father's images. God didn't seem to mind.

Now Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel had stolen the household[a] idols that were her father’s.

Exodus 3:22 View context

God told the Israelites to "borrow" and "spoil" from the Egyptians during the Exodus.

But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour ... and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.

Exodus 11:2 View context

Let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver and jewels of gold.

Exodus 12:35-36 View context

And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians ... and they spoiled the Egyptians.

Ezekiel 39:9-10 View context

In Ezekiel, God says that the Israelites shall spoil those that robbed them.

Israel shall go forth, and ... spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robben them, saith the Lord God.

Nahum 2:9 View context

In Nahum the Israelites are told to take gold and silver from the people of Nineveh.

Nineveh is of old like a pool of wate ... Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.

Wisdom 10:19 View context

And the Apocryphal book of Wisdom says that the just stole from the wicked.

The just took the spoils of the wicked.

It's always wrong to steal.

Exodus 20:15 View context

Thou shalt not steal.

Matthew 19:18 View context

He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

Leviticus 6:2-5 View context

If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;

Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:

Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,

Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, [and] give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.

Leviticus 19:11 View context

Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

Deuteronomy 5:19 View context

Neither shalt thou steal.

Psalm 37:21 View context

The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

Mark 10:19 View context

Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

Luke 18:20 View context

Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

Romans 2:21 View context

Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

Ephesians 4:28 View context

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

1 Thessalonians 4:6 View context

That no [man] go beyond and defraud his brother in [any] matter: because that the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

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