Biblical Concept: Thief




"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If 'Thou shalt not covet' and 'Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free." --John Adams, A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787


(Parentheses are mine.)


NAS Exodus 22:2 "If the thief is caught while breaking in, and is struck so that he dies, there will be no bloodguiltiness on his account. (Note verse 3, unless at daytime.)


 7 "If a man gives his neighbor money or goods to keep for him, and it is stolen from the man's house, if the thief is caught, he shall pay double.  (Property theft punishment = restitution.)


 8 "If the thief is not caught, then the owner of the house shall appear before the judges, to determine whether he laid his hands on his neighbor's property.


NAS Deuteronomy 24:7 "If a man is caught kidnapping any of his countrymen of the sons of Israel, and he deals with him violently, or sells him, then that thief shall die; so you shall purge the evil from among you. (Kidnapping = theft → death for evil → societal protection.)


NAS Job 24:14 "The murderer arises at dawn; He kills the poor and the needy, And at night he is as a thief. (Job to Eliphaz.) 


NAS Job 30:5 "They are driven from the community; They shout against them as against a thief, (Job to his inquisitors.)

NAS Psalm 50:18 "When you see a thief, you are pleased with him, And you associate with adulterers. (In an April 2011 Pew poll, 71% of Democratic voters believe the Federal Government should impose heavy taxes on the rich to redistribute wealth in America.  Redistribute wealth → legalized theft → pleased with self.  I wonder how many of the 71% cheat / neglect to pay their taxes?  Representative Charlie Wrangle did.  Senator Tom Daschle did.  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner did.  HHS nominee Kathy Sebelius did.  The following Obama administration nominees did: Performance officer Nancy Kelleher, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. found 18 Democrat and 7 Republican politician tax cheats.)

NAS Proverbs 6:30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry; (Unless the thief is already on public assistance.  2 Thessalonians 3:10-12  10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone will not work, neither let him eat.  11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.  12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.)

NAS Proverbs 29:24 He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He hears the oath but tells nothing.


NAS Jeremiah 2:26 "As the thief is shamed when he is discovered, So the house of Israel is shamed; They, their kings, their princes, And their priests, and their prophets,  (Government sanctioned theft helps overcome shame—everybody does it.)


NAS Hosea 7:1 When I would heal Israel, The iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered, And the evil deeds of Samaria, For they deal falsely; The thief enters in, Bandits raid outside,


NAS Joel 2:9 They rush on the city, They run on the wall; They climb into the houses, They enter through the windows like a thief. (Locus invaders.)


NAS Zechariah 5:4 "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." (The flying scroll curse for thieves.)


NAS Matthew 24:43 "But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. (Second Advent.)


NAS Luke 12:33 "Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys.


 39 "And be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. (Second Advent.)


NAS John 10:1 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.


 10 "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.


NAS John 12:6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it. (Money missed a Messiah.)


NAS 1 Thessalonians 5:2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. (Day of the Lord.) (Biblical Time Chart.)


 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief;


NAS 1 Peter 4:15 By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler;  (Big sins → big suffering.)


NAS 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.


NAS Revelation 3:3 'Remember therefore what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. If therefore you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you.


NAS Revelation 16:15 ("Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his garments, lest he walk about naked and men see his shame.")


NAS Isaiah 1:23 Your rulers are rebels, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe, And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow's plea come before them. (See Psalm 50:18 above.) (Congress has made themselves exempt from stock market insider trading rules.  This is how they “reward” themselves.) (Bloomberg Link.)


NAS Jeremiah 48:27 "Now was not Israel a laughingstock to you? Or was he caught among thieves? For each time you speak about him you shake your head in scorn.


NAS Jeremiah 49:9 "If grape gatherers came to you, Would they not leave gleanings? If thieves came by night, They would destroy only until they had enough.


NAS Obadiah 1:5 "If thieves came to you, If robbers by night-- O how you will be ruined!-- Would they not steal only until they had enough? If grape gatherers came to you, Would they not leave some gleanings?


NAS Matthew 6:19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.


 20 "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;


NAS John 10:8 "All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.


NAS 1 Corinthians 6:10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 

6:9-12, Stop acting like unbelievers.

6:9a, If unbelievers cannot inherit in God’s kingdom, how can you by

acting like them?

6:9b-10, Attitudes and actions of unbelievers to avoid.

6:11, You are Christians with a new potential.

6:12, The conclusion: Be not mastered by any sin.