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Chapter 64—Business Integrity

The Bible a Source Book of Business Principles—There is no branch of legitimate business for which the Bible does not afford an essential preparation. Its principles of diligence, honesty, thrift, temperance, and purity are the secret of true success. These principles, as set forth in the Book of Proverbs, constitute a treasury of practical wisdom. Where can the merchant, the artisan, the director of men in any department of business, find better maxims for himself or for his employees than are found in these words of the wise man:

“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”

“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”

“The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing.”

“The drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.” ...

How many a man might have escaped financial failure and ruin by heeding the warnings so often repeated and emphasized in the Scriptures:

“He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”

“Wealth gotten in haste shall be diminished; but he that gathereth by labor shall have increase.”

“The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.”

“The borrower is servant to the lender.”

“He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.”1Education, 135, 136.

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