Luther’s Small Catechism

by Dr. Martin Luther

Explanation of The Seventh Commandment

Explanation of The Seventh Commandment

The Seventh Commandment

You shall not steal.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not take our neighbor's money or possessions, or get them in any dishonest way, but help him to improve and protect his possessions and income.

The Central Thought

God created us to look after the earthly gifts that He has given to our neighbors for their life and well-being.

What kinds of things do all people on earth need for their well-being?

Read Luke 19:1--10. What change did Jesus bring about in Zacchaeus?

As Christians, we rejoice in and look after the earthly goods that God has given us and our neighbor for the support of daily life.

What are some ways that I can help to protect and care for the earthly goods of my neighbor? 

A Closer Reading of the Small Catechism

78. Why are earthly goods such as ...

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