30 Bible Verses About Stealing (Explained)

Stealing is a violation of God’s commandments and undermines the principles of justice, honesty, and love for others. In the Bible, stealing is condemned as sinful behavior that carries consequences for individuals and society as a whole. Join us as we examine verses that address the seriousness of stealing and affirm the importance of living with integrity and respect for others’ property.

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Bible Verses About Stealing

Exodus 20:15 – You Shall Not Steal

“You shall not steal.”

Proverbs 21:6 – The Getting of Treasures by a Lying Tongue Is a Vanity

“The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.”

Proverbs 30:9 – Lest I Be Poor and Steal and Profane the Name of My God

“Lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.”

Matthew 19:18 – You Shall Not Steal

“He said to him, ‘Which ones?’ And Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness.”

John 10:10 – The Thief Comes Only to Steal and Kill and Destroy

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Ephesians 4:28 – Let the Thief No Longer Steal, But Rather Let Him Labor

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Thieves Will Not Inherit the Kingdom of God

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Proverbs 6:30-31 – People Do Not Despise a Thief If He Steals to Satisfy His Hunger

“People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.”

Leviticus 19:11 – You Shall Not Steal; You Shall Not Deal Falsely

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.”

Matthew 6:19-20 – Do Not Lay Up for Yourselves Treasures on Earth, Where Thieves Break In and Steal

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Luke 12:33 – Sell Your Possessions, and Give to the Needy

“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.”

1 Peter 4:15 – Let None of You Suffers as a Murderer or a Thief

“But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.”

Exodus 22:1-4 – Theft of an Ox Punishable by Restitution; Theft of a Sheep Punishable by Restitution

“If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall repay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him.

Proverbs 29:24 – The Partner of a Thief Hates His Own Life

“Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.”

Zechariah 5:3 – This Is the Curse That Goes Out Over the Face of the Whole Land

“Then he said to me, “This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole land. For everyone who steals shall be cleaned out according to what is on one side, and everyone who swears falsely shall be cleaned out according to what is on the other side.”

2 Corinthians 7:10 – Godly Grief Produces a Repentance That Leads to Salvation

“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”

Matthew 5:40 – If Anyone Would Sue You and Take Your Tunic, Let Him Have Your Cloak As Well

“And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.”

Galatians 6:7-8 – Whatever One Sows, That Will He Also Reap

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

1 Corinthians 5:11 – Not to Associate With Anyone Who Bears the Name of Brother

“But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.”

Psalm 50:18 – You Give Your Mouth Free Rein for Evil

“You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit.”

1 Timothy 6:10 – The Love of Money Is a Root of All Kinds of Evil

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

Proverbs 12:22 – Lying Lips Are an Abomination to the Lord

“Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight.”

Matthew 6:24 – You Cannot Serve God and Money

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Colossians 3:5-6 – Put to Death What Is Earthly in You

“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.”

Titus 2:10 – Not Pilfering, but Showing All Good Faith, So That in Everything They May Adorn the Doctrine of God

“not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.”

Proverbs 16:8 – Better Is a Little With Righteousness Than Great Revenues with Injustice

“Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.”

Matthew 5:20 – Unless Your Righteousness Exceeds That of the Scribes and Pharisees

“For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Proverbs 28:24 – Whoever Steals from His Father or His Mother and Says, “That Is No Transgression,” Is a Companion to a Man Who Destroys

“Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, ‘That is no transgression,’ is a companion to a man who destroys.”

Leviticus 6:4-5 – If Anyone Commits a Crime and Sins

“If anyone commits a breach of faith and sins unintentionally in any of the holy things of the LORD, he shall bring to the LORD as his compensation, a ram without blemish out of the flock, valued in silver shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, for a guilt offering. He shall also make restitution for what he has done amiss in the holy thing and shall add a fifth to it and give it to the priest.”

Psalm 119:36-37 – Incline My Heart to Your Testimonies, and Not to Selfish Gain!

“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.”

Proverbs 11:1 – A False Balance Is an Abomination to the Lord

“A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is His delight.”

Matthew 5:42 – Give to the One Who Begs From You, and Do Not Refuse the One Who Would Borrow from You

“Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”

Exodus 22:7-9 – If a Man Gives to His Neighbor Money or Goods to Keep Safe

“If a man gives to his neighbor money or goods to keep safe, and it is stolen from the man’s house, then, if the thief is found, he shall pay double. If the thief is not found, the owner of the house shall come near to God to show whether or not he has put his hand to his neighbor’s property. For every breach of trust, whether it is for an ox, for a donkey, for a sheep, for a cloak, or for any kind of lost thing, of which one says, ‘This is it,’ the case of both parties shall come before God. The one whom God condemns shall pay double to his neighbor.”

Matthew 6:33 – But Seek First the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Ephesians 4:28 – Let the Thief No Longer Steal, but Rather Let Him Labor

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.”

Matthew 5:7 – Blessed Are the Merciful, for They Shall Receive Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

Proverbs 16:20 – Whoever Gives Thought to the Word Will Discover Good

“Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.”

Proverbs 22:22-23 – Do Not Rob the Poor, Because He Is Poor

“Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate, for the LORD will plead their cause and rob of life those who rob them.”

Ezekiel 18:10-13 – Makes a Practice of Oppressing the Poor and Robbing the Poor

“If he fathers a son who is violent, a shedder of blood, who does any of these things (though he himself did none of these things), who even eats upon the mountains, defiles his neighbor’s wife, oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination, lends at interest, and takes profit; shall he then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself.”

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