A Broad Interpretation

You shall not steal.
EXODUS 20:15
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A Broad Interpretation
Let the commandment not be understood too narrowly. But let it apply to everything that has to do with our neighbors. Briefly, in summary . . . this is what is forbidden: (a) To do our neighbor any injury or wrong (in any conceivable manner, by impeding, hindering, and withholding his possessions and property), or even to consent or allow such injury. Instead, we should interfere and prevent it. (b) It is commanded that we advance and improve his possessions. When they suffer lack, we should help, share, and lend both to friends and foes [Matthew 5:42].

From the Large Catechism (Concordia, p. 387)
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