Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | April 23, 2009

Quotes from Concord — The 7th Commandment

You shall not steal.

Luther expounds on this in the Large Catechism:

“Now the person who greedily despises this commandment may indeed pass by and escape the hangman.  But he shall not escape God’s wrath and punishment [Galatians 6:7-8, 1 Thessalonians 5:3].  When he has long practiced his defiance and arrogance, he shall still remain a tramp and beggar.  In addition, he will have all plagues and misfortune.  Now you are going your own way, though you ought to preserve the property of your master and mistress.  For your service you fill your throat and stomach, take your wages like a thief, and have people treat you like a nobleman.  For there are many that are even rude towards their masters and mistresses and are unwilling to do them a favor or service by which to protect them from loss.

“But consider what you will gain.  When you have come into your own property and are set up in your home (to which God will help with all misfortunes), your earlier misdeeds will bob up again and come home to you.  You will find that where you have cheated or done injury at the value of one mite, you will have to pay thirty again.”

— Luther’s Large Catechism, Part I:The Commandments, 7th Commandment, paragraphs 234-236 (from Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions: A Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord)

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