11 “‘Do not steal.(A)

“‘Do not lie.(B)

“‘Do not deceive one another.(C)

12 “‘Do not swear falsely(D) by my name(E) and so profane(F) the name of your God. I am the Lord.

13 “‘Do not defraud or rob(G) your neighbor.(H)

“‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker(I) overnight.(J)

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13 Do not have two differing weights in your bag—one heavy, one light.(A) 14 Do not have two differing measures in your house—one large, one small. 15 You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long(B) in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 16 For the Lord your God detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly.(C)

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25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully(A) to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.(B)

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15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;(A) 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a](B)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 1:16 Lev. 11:44,45; 19:2

21 But select capable men(A) from all the people—men who fear(B) God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain(C)—and appoint them as officials(D) over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case(E) to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share(F) it with you.

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16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion,
    but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.

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12 If a ruler(A) listens to lies,
    all his officials become wicked.(B)

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Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly,
    but those who despise him are devious in their ways.

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28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
    and a flattering mouth(A) works ruin.

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The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a](A) and whatever other command there may be, are summed up(B) in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b](C) 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 13:9 Exodus 20:13-15,17; Deut. 5:17-19,21
  2. Romans 13:9 Lev. 19:18

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell(A) in your sacred tent?(B)
    Who may live on your holy mountain?(C)

The one whose walk is blameless,(D)
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth(E) from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,(F)
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors(G) those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath(H) even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;(I)
    who does not accept a bribe(J) against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.(K)

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22 The Lord detests lying lips,(A)
    but he delights(B) in people who are trustworthy.(C)

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The righteous lead blameless lives;(A)
    blessed are their children after them.(B)

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15 Those who walk righteously(A)
    and speak what is right,(B)
who reject gain from extortion(C)
    and keep their hands from accepting bribes,(D)
who stop their ears against plots of murder
    and shut their eyes(E) against contemplating evil—
16 they are the ones who will dwell on the heights,(F)
    whose refuge(G) will be the mountain fortress.(H)
Their bread will be supplied,
    and water will not fail(I) them.

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32 For the Lord detests the perverse(A)
    but takes the upright into his confidence.(B)

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11 Dishonest money dwindles away,(A)
    but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

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A fortune made by a lying tongue
    is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.[a](A)

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 21:6 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts vapor for those who seek death

Protection of Property

22 [a]“Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back(A) five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.

“If a thief is caught breaking in(B) at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed;(C) but if it happens after sunrise, the defender is guilty of bloodshed.

“Anyone who steals must certainly make restitution,(D) but if they have nothing, they must be sold(E) to pay for their theft. If the stolen animal is found alive in their possession(F)—whether ox or donkey or sheep—they must pay back double.(G)

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 22:1 In Hebrew texts 22:1 is numbered 21:37, and 22:2-31 is numbered 22:1-30.

Restitution for Wrongs

The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way[a] and so is unfaithful(A) to the Lord is guilty(B) and must confess(C) the sin they have committed. They must make full restitution(D) for the wrong they have done, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the person they have wronged. But if that person has no close relative to whom restitution can be made for the wrong, the restitution belongs to the Lord and must be given to the priest, along with the ram(E) with which atonement is made for the wrongdoer.(F)

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  1. Numbers 5:6 Or woman who commits any wrong common to mankind

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord,(A) “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything,(B) I will pay back four times the amount.”(C)

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