Proverbs on Business
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine.
Proverbs 6: 1-3a
My child, if you co-sign a loan for a friend or guarantee the debt of someone you hardly know – if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said – quick, get out of it if you possibly can!
Ill-gotten gain has no lasting value, but right living can save your life.
The Lord hates cheating, but he delights in honesty.
Guaranteeing a loan for a stranger is dangerous; it is better to refuse then to suffer later.
Evil people get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last.
Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows.
Dishonest money brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live.
We can gather our thoughts, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in your own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.
The Lord demands fairness in every business deal; He sets the standard.
It is poor judgment to cosign a friend’s note, to become responsible for a neighbor’s debts.
Loyalty makes a person attractive. And it is better to be poor than dishonest.
The Lord despises double standards of every kind.
Be sure to get collateral from anyone who guarantees the debt of a stranger. Get a deposit if someone guarantees the debt of a foreigner.
The Lord despises double standards; He is not pleased by dishonest scales.
The Lord’s searchlight penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Wealth created by lying is a vanishing mist in a deadly trap.
Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being held in high esteem is better than having silver or gold.
Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.
Proverbs 22: 26-27
Do not cosign another person’s note or put up a guarantee for someone else’s loan. If you can’t pay it, even your bed will be snatched from under you.
Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than ordinary people.
Don’t weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste your time? For riches can disappear as though they have wings of a bird!
Develop your business first before building your house.
Putting confidence in an unreliable person is like chewing with a toothache or walking on a broken foot.
Be sure to get collateral from anyone who guarantees the debt of a stranger. Get a deposit if someone carries the debt of an adulterous woman.
Workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat its fruit. In the same way, workers who protect their employer’s interest will be rewarded.
The trustworthy will get a rich reward. But the person who wants to get rich quick will only get into trouble.
Never slander a person to his employer. If you do, the person will curse you, and you will pay for it.