Deuteronomy 5:19 Do not steal.
Deuteronomy 5:20 Do not give dishonest testimony against your neighbor.
Deuteronomy 5:21 Do not crave1 your neighbor’s wife or desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
The Mosaic mission was designed to create a community which glorified God by caring for one another. The pagan nations around it were steeped in selfishness, which led to rampant theft, fraud and greed. They preyed on each other instead of praying for each other. These commands envision a different community in which the individual put other people’s needs and wants ahead of his own.
Lord, get us out of the preying business, and into the caring and praying business.