Q. 73–75, The Eighth Commandment

Q. 73. Which is the eighth commandment?
A. The eighth commandment is, Thou shalt not steal.

Q. 74. What is required in the eighth commandment?
A. The eighth commandment requireth the lawful procuring and furthering the wealth and outward estate of ourselves and others.

Q. 75. What is forbidden in the eighth commandment?
A. The eighth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever doth or may unjustly hinder our own or our neighbor’s wealth or outward estate.

Proof Texts

Q. 73: Ex. 20:15; Deut. 5:19. Q. 74: Lev. 25:35; Eph. 4:28b; Phil. 2:4. Q. 75: Prov. 28:19ff; Eph. 4:28a; 2 Thess. 3:10; 1 Tim. 5:8.

Harmony with the Westminster Standards

WLC 140–142.

Additional Resources

Sermons by James Cassidy on the Westminster Shorter Catechism

Questions 73-75: “How to Steal and Get Away with It”


Hodge, The System of Theology Contained in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, 106–109.

Vincent, The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly Explained and Proved From Scripture, 186–198.

Vos, The Westminster Larger Catechism, 376–385.

Watson, The Ten Commandments, 163–168.

Whyte, A Commentary on the Shorter Catechism, 145–148.

Williamson, The Westminster Shorter Catechism for Study Classes, 259–264.

On Key


Van Til’s Trinitarian Theology

Designed to equip the student to engage critically central issues in trinitarian theology, this course will focus on the architectonic significance of the Trinity both