Proverbs 6:30-32 People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. 31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house 32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment, whoever does so destroys himself.

Posted: November 1, 2020 in Proverbs 06, Seeking Wisdom, Wisdom, Wisdom for the Soul
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In these verses, it is not saying that it is not a sin to steal. It is saying a person has sympathy for someone who is so hungry that he steals to feed himself. If he is caught, the person he stole from will be happy to not prosecute him, if he will pay back what he stole 7 times.

The stealing here is not nearly as serious as the sin of adultery that we read of in the next few verses. Adultery is compared to a starving thief, who, though it may cost all he has, can make restitution and put the crime behind him permanently.

But for the adulterer, there is no restitution as there was for the thief, as he destroys his soul.

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