From The Christian’s Daily Walk.
Headings are not the author’s.
A summary of the commandment
The eighth commandment concerns the preservation of man’s goods, the means of his comfortable maintenance in this life, forbidding all injuries and wrongs, [all which falls] under the name of stealing.
Questions for reflection
- a good title to the things which I possess, as by lawful inheritance, gift, reward, contract, or any other way which God allows?
- been industrious and faithful in my calling, frugal and provident?
- done that for which I have received pay or maintenance from others?
- given to every man his own, whether tribute, wages, debts, or any other dues?
Or have I rather:
- gotten or kept my neighbour’s goods, by fraud, oppression, falsehood, or by force, and made no restitution?
- gotten my living by an unlawful calling?
- impoverished myself and mine by idleness, luxurious and unnecessary expenses?
- been involved in gaming, unadvised suretyship [i.e., taking on another person’s debt responsibilities], or otherwise?
- withheld from myself or others, through covetousness, that which should have been expended? [i.e., not giving when the situation warranted me doing so.]
- In some way or other impaired my neighbour’s estate?