Punished by restitution, the proportions of which are noted in 2 Samuel 12:6 . If the thief could not pay the fine, he was to be sold to a Hebrew master till he could pay ( Exodus 22:1-4 ). A night-thief might be smitten till he died, and there would be no blood-guiltiness for him ( 22:2 ). A man-stealer was to be put to death ( 21:16 ). All theft is forbidden ( Exodus 20:15 ; 21:16 ; Leviticus 19:11 ; Deuteronomy 5:19 ; 24:7 ; Psalms 50:18 ; Zechariah 5:3 ; Matthew 19:18 ; Romans 13:9 ; Ephesians 4:28 ; 1 Peter 4:15 ).