“It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer:
but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.”
Did you get a steal of a deal? Be careful – God protects sellers! Getting a price reduced by criticizing a thing and then bragging about your great deal is lying and stealing! Integrity demands a fair price and impeccable honesty.
“The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity
tossed to and fro of them that seek death.”
Honesty is the best policy, wrote Solomon. The apparent advantage of deceit is an illusion. The gain will be forfeited, and the LORD will judge the deceiver. Professional dishonesty is like Russian roulette but with far worse odds!
“Take his garment that is surety for a stranger:
and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.”
Taking risks is not courage or wisdom; it shows folly, greed, haste, or ignorance. Taking risks tempts God, and He will judge such presumption. If you encounter such a fool, do not do business with him or require security.
“A wise servant shall have rule
over a son that causeth shame,
and shall have part of the
inheritance among the brethren.”
Discrimination is a lie of the lazy. They blame being black, old, female, Hispanic, white, young, male, pierced, or Muslim. If you have not heard it, they will invent it. Stop the blame game; get to work! Everyone loves a worker!
“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean:
but much increase is by the strength of the ox.”
Ever hear of capital, savings, division of labor, investment, and such like? Think they started with Adam Smith in 1776? God and Solomon revealed rules for business and economic success long before he plagiarized them both!
“Seest thou a man diligent in his business?
he shall stand before kings;
he shall not stand before mean men.”
How can you or your business rise to the top? There is an old-fashioned rule ignored by most of the present generation. If you can learn it, and since most of your peers will not learn it, you can be cream, and they can be the milk!