Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s day 42

October 15, 2017

42. Lord’s Day

Q. 110. What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?
A. God forbids not only those thefts, [a] and robberies, [b] which are punishable by the magistrate; but he comprehends under the name of theft all wicked tricks and devices, whereby we design to appropriate to ourselves the goods which belong to our neighbour: [c] whether it be by force, or under the appearance of right, as by unjust weights, ells, measures, fraudulent merchandise, [d] false coins, usury, [e] or by any other way forbidden by God; as also all covetousness, [f] all abuse and waste of his gifts. [g]

Q. 111. But what does God require in this commandment?
A. That I promote the advantage of my neighbour in every instance I can or may; and deal with him as I desire to be dealt with by others: [a] further also that I faithfully labour, so that I may be able to relieve the needy. [b]

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