The Seventh Commandment
214. What is the seventh Commandment?
The seventh Commandment is, 'Thou shalt not steal'.
215. What does the seventh Commandment forbid?
The seventh Commandment forbids all unjust taking away, or keeping what belongs to another.
216. Is all manner of cheating in buying and selling forbidden by the seventh Commandment?
All manner of cheating in buying and selling is forbidden by the seventh Commandment, and also every other way of wronging our neighbor.
217. Are we bound to restore ill-gotten goods?
We are bound to restore ill-gotten goods if we are able, or else the sin will not be forgiven; we must also pay our debts.
218. Is it dishonest for workers to waste their employer's time or property?
It is dishonest for workers to waste their employer's time or property, because it is wasting what is not their own.
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