It never ceases to amaze me how relevant the Bible still is even with some of the books being thousands of years old. Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun and he was right. Methods may change, but thousands of years ago people were still people dealing with issues just like we do.
I did some digging to find some scriptures about business, because I want to do things the right way. So whether you are a business owner, an employee of a business, or just buy stuff from businesses (that covers just about all of us – right?) there is some wisdom to be received from these scriptures.
Scriptures about Business
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest and the slave born in your household, and the alien as well, may be refreshed.
He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as craftsmen, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them master craftsmen and designers.
You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning.
You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house
differing measures, a large and a small. You shall have a full and just weight; you shall have a full and just measure, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
“If I have despised the claim of my male or female slaves when they filed a complaint against me, what then could I do when God arises? And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him?”
They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is His delight.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the soul of the diligent is made fat.
Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it.
Better is a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
Woe to him who builds his house without righteousness and his upper rooms without justice, who uses his neighbor’s services without pay and does not give him his wages.
Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me, says the LORD of hosts.
He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.
And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.
1 Timothy 5:18
For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”
Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.