Effective Treatment for Thieves

July 26, 2017

The Bible cure to stealing is work, not jail time. “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28). When society jails a thief, we all lose more by paying to feed and house the thief, who remains unproductive behinds bars, while the result is the same as theft: taking what others work for. In ancient Israel, a thief was made to work and pay back what he stole, plus interest (Exodus 22:1-4). That’s restitution, not incarceration.