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    Honest Business Dealings

    “The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.” Psalm 37:18, 19.Ed 141.3

    “He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.... He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not;” “he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, ... and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; he shall dwell on high: ... bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” Psalm 15:2-4; Isaiah 33:15-17.Ed 141.4

    God has given in His word a picture of a prosperous man—one whose life was in the truest sense a success, a man whom both heaven and earth delighted to honor. Of his experiences Job himself says:Ed 142.1

    “In the ripeness of my days,
    When the secret of God was upon my tent;
    When the Almighty was yet with me,
    And my children were about me; ...
    When I went forth to the gate unto the city,
    When I prepared my seat in the broad place [margin],
    The young men saw me and hid themselves,
    And the aged rose up and stood;
    The princes refrained talking,
    And laid their hand on their mouth;
    The voice of the nobles was hushed....
    Ed 142.2

    “For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me;
    And when the eye saw me, it gave witness unto me;
    Because I delivered the poor that cried,
    The fatherless also, and him [margin], that had none to
    help him.
    Ed 142.3

    “The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me;
    And I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
    I put on righteousness, and it clothed me:
    My justice was as a robe and a diadem.
    I was eyes to the blind,
    And feet was I to the lame.
    I was a father to the needy:
    And the cause of him that I knew not I searched out.”
    Ed 142.4

    “The stranger did not lodge in the street:
    But I opened my doors to the traveler.”
    Ed 142.5

    “Unto me men gave ear, and waited....
    And the light of my countenance they cast not down.
    I chose out their way, and sat chief,
    And dwelt as a king in the army,
    As one that comforteth the mourners. Job 29:4-16, R.V.; 31:32; 29:21-25.
    Ed 142.6

    “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22.Ed 142.7

    “Riches and honor are with Me,” declares Wisdom; “yea, durable riches and righteousness.” Proverbs 8:18.Ed 143.1

    The Bible shows also the result of a departure from right principles in our dealing both with God and with one another. To those who are entrusted with His gifts but indifferent to His claims, God says:Ed 143.2

    “Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.... Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it.” “When one came to an heap of twenty measures, there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty.” “Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of Mine house that is waste.” “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? In tithes and offerings.” “Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.” Haggai 1:5-9; 2:16; Malachi 3:8; Haggai 1:10.Ed 143.3

    “Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, ... ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.” “The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto.” “Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another, ... and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand.” Amos 5:11; Deuteronomy 28:20, 32.Ed 143.4

    “He that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.” Jeremiah 17:11.Ed 143.5

    The accounts of every business, the details of every transaction, pass the scrutiny of unseen auditors, agents of Him who never compromises with injustice, never overlooks evil, never palliates wrong.Ed 144.1

    “If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice, ... marvel not at the matter: for He that is higher than the highest regardeth.” “There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.” Ecclesiastes 5:8; Job 34:22.Ed 144.2

    “They set their mouth against the heavens.... And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the Most High?” “These things hast thou done,” God says, “and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes,” Psalm 73:9-11; 50:21.Ed 144.3

    “I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.... This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for everyone that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and everyone that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it. I will bring it forth, saith the Lord of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by My name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.” Zechariah 5:1-4.Ed 144.4

    Against every evildoer God's law utters condemnation. He may disregard that voice, he may seek to drown its warning, but in vain. It follows him. It makes itself heard. It destroys his peace. If unheeded, it pursues him to the grave. It bears witness against him at the judgment. A quenchless fire, it consumes at last soul and body.Ed 144.5

    “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36, 37.Ed 145.1

    This is a question that demands consideration by every parent, every teacher, every student—by every human being, young or old. No scheme of business or plan of life can be sound or complete that embraces only the brief years of this present life and makes no provision for the unending future. Let the youth be taught to take eternity into their reckoning. Let them be taught to choose the principles and seek the possessions that are enduring—to lay up for themselves that “treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth;” to make to themselves friends “by means of the mammon of unrighteousness,” that when it shall fail, these may receive them “into the eternal tabernacles.” Luke 12:33; 16:9, R.V.Ed 145.2

    All who do this are making the best possible preparation for life in this world. No man can lay up treasure in heaven without finding his life on earth thereby enriched and ennobled.Ed 145.3

    “Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8.Ed 145.4

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