Eighth Commandment, Part 2


There are more ways to steal. Let us see.

Amos 8:4 (NAS95S) ¶ Hear this, you who  trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land,
Amos 8:5 (NAS95S) saying,
         “When will the new moon  be over,
         So that we may sell grain,
         And the sabbath, that we may open the wheat market,
         To make the  bushel smaller and the shekel bigger,
         And to cheat with  dishonest scales,
Amos 8:6 (NAS95S) So as to buy the helpless for  money
         And the needy for a pair of sandals,
         And that we may sell the refuse of the wheat?”

So greedy are they of unjust gain that they cannot spare a single day, however sacred, from pursuing it. They are strangers to God and enemies to themselves, who love market days better than sabbath days; and they who have lost piety will not long keep honesty. The new-2moons (Numbers 10:10) and sabbaths were to be kept without working or trading

Neh. 10:31 (NAS95S) As for the peoples of the land who bring wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the sabbath or a holy day; and we will forego the crops the seventh year and the exaction of every debt.

set forth wheat — literally, “open out” stores of wheat for sale. ephah — containing three seahs, or above three pecks. making . . . small — making it below the just weight to purchasers.

Mic. 6:10 (NAS95S) “Is there yet a man in the wicked house,
         Along with treasures of wickedness
         And a  short measure that is cursed?
Mic. 6:11 (NAS95S) “Can I justify wicked scales
         And a bag of deceptive weights?

Zech. 5:3 (NAS95S) Then he said to me, “This is the curse that is going forth over the face of the whole  land; surely everyone who steals will be purged away according to  the writing on one side, and everyone who swears will be purged away according to  the writing on the other side.
Zech. 5:4 (NAS95S) “I will make it go forth,” declares the LORD of hosts, “and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by My name; and it will spend the night within that house and consume it with its timber and stones.”

Matt. 15:19 (NAS95S) “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries,  fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

kardia, “heart”); the heart, i.e. (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind);

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts — “evil reasonings”; referring here more immediately to those corrupt reasonings which had stealthily introduced and gradually reared up that hideous fabric of tradition which at length practically nullified the unchangeable principles of the moral law. But the statement is far broader than this; namely that the first shape which the evil that is in the heart takes, when it begins actively to stir, is that of “considerations” or “reasonings” on certain suggested actions. murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies — detractions, whether directed against God or man; here the reference seems to be to the latter.

Mark 7:21 (NAS95S) “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts,  fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,
Mark 7:22 (NAS95S) deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality,  envy, slander,  pride and foolishness.
Mark 7:23 (NAS95S) “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.

adds, “covetousnesses” — or desires after more; “wickednesses” — here meaning, perhaps, malignities of various forms; “deceit, lasciviousness” — meaning, excess or enormity of any kind, though by later writers restricted to lewdness; “an evil eye” — meaning, all looks or glances of envy, jealousy, or ill will towards a neighbor; “pride, foolishness” — in the Old Testament sense of “folly”; that is, criminal senselessness, the folly of the heart. How appalling is this evil catalogue!


Gil Kovacs, Pastor

Sabbath Christian Church,