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The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isa 40:8

deuteronomy 23:15-24:7, do not steal

Read Deuteronomy 23:15-24:7 at Bible Gateway.

Previously: deuteronomy 21:10-23:14, seventh commandment chiastic structure

(Please review the teaching tools of scripture, especially the Hebrew paragraph divisions. The paragraphs marked by an “s” at their close are weak paragraphs, which indicate a change of facet but not a change of theme or topic. The paragraphs marked by a “p” at their close are strong paragraphs, which indicate the completion of a theme or topic.)

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chr 7:14

We are studying the roadmap to national restoration, and so, we are studying the Ten Commandments, the summary of God’s definition of righteousness and wickedness. By studying the Ten, we are learning what God considers wicked ways, that He is asking His people to turn from. (Here is the summary.)

The Ten Commandments are given in Deu 5. The First Commandment, Have no other gods before YHVH, is explained in Deu 6:4-11:25these are our detailed study notes. The Second Commandment, You shall not make idols to worship, is explained in Deu 11:26-14:29these are our detailed study notes. The Third Commandment, You shall not profane YHVH’s name, is explained in Deu 11:26-14:29these are the detailed study notes. The Fourth Commandment, Honor the Sabbath day, is explained in Deu 15:1-16:17these are the detailed study notes. The Fifth Commandment, Honor your father and mother, is explained in Deu 16:18-18:22these are the detailed study notes. The Sixth Commandment, Do not commit murder, is explained in Deu 19:1-21:9these are the detailed study notes. The Seventh Commandment, Do not commit adultery, is explained in Deu 21:10-23:14; these are the detailed study notes.

The Eighth Commandment, Do not steal, is explained in Deu 23:15-24:7. These are the Hebrew paragraph divisions:

Deu 23:15-16 {s} Escaped slaves
Deu 23:17-18 {s} Wages not to be offered to YHVH
Deu 23:19-20 {s} Interest on loans
Deu 23:21-23 {s} Pay vows to YHVH
Deu 23:24 {s} Do not harvest your neighbor’s vineyard
Deu 23:25 {s} Do not harvest your neighbor’s standing grain
Deu 24:1-4 {s} Divorce and remarriage
Deu 24:5-6 {s} Do not steal the happiness of your wife + the life of the family
Deu 24:7 {s} Theft of persons a capital offense punishable by death

And again, not a strong paragraph division yet! Our last {p} p’tuchah paragraph division came at the end of Deu 20:20, a paragraph within the explanation of Do not commit murder. The themes of murder, adultery, and now theft are connected as all, so far, end in weak divisions indicating continuation of the same theme or topic begun in Deu 21:1-9, Atonement for unsolved murder.

With tomorrow’s study we will look at these in sections to see what they have to teach us about theft.

Continued: deuteronomy 23:15-16, escaped slaves


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