Thematic Bible: Business life


Thematic Bible



Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, "Do not regard their offering! I have not taken a single donkey from them, nor have I done harm to any of them."

Moreover, they did not require an accounting from the men into whose hand they gave the money to pay to those who did the work, for they dealt faithfully.

They said, "You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man's hand."

The man said to Joab, "Even if I should receive a thousand pieces of silver in my hand, I would not put out my hand against the king's son; for in our hearing the king charged you and Abishai and Ittai, saying, 'Protect for me the young man Absalom!'

But the man of God said to the king, "If you were to give me half your house I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water in this place.

But he said, "As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will take nothing." And he urged him to take it, but he refused.

"Only no accounting shall be made with them for the money delivered into their hands, for they deal faithfully."

But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people and took from them bread and wine besides forty shekels of silver; even their servants domineered the people. But I did not do so because of the fear of God.

Make room for us in your hearts; we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we took advantage of no one.






"Bad, bad," says the buyer, But when he goes his way, then he boasts.

"You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small.



"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,









She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight.




"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,



He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.

"Behold, then, I smite My hand at your dishonest gain which you have acquired and at the bloodshed which is among you.




'You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measurement of weight, or capacity. 'You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin; I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt.

"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.



for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.





'You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin; I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt.


"You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small.




"When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done.

besides that from the traders and the wares of the merchants and all the kings of the Arabs and the governors of the country.

"He plucked off the topmost of its young twigs and brought it to a land of merchants; he set it in a city of traders.

"Bad, bad," says the buyer, But when he goes his way, then he boasts.

"Thus you shall live with us, and the land shall be open before you; live and trade in it and acquire property in it."

'But bring your youngest brother to me that I may know that you are not spies, but honest men. I will give your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.'"

"Tarshish was your customer because of the abundance of all kinds of wealth; with silver, iron, tin and lead they paid for your wares.


So as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans.

"In you they have taken bribes to shed blood; you have taken interest and profits, and you have injured your neighbors for gain by oppression, and you have forgotten Me," declares the Lord GOD.


"But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, 'Pay back what you owe.'

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.

And he said to them, "Collect no more than what you have been ordered to."

I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.


Jezebel his wife said to him, "Do you now reign over Israel? Arise, eat bread, and let your heart be joyful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite."

But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech had seized.

the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him.

"These twenty years I have been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flock, and you changed my wages ten times.

"Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they have also put them among their own things.

He said to his mother, "The eleven hundred pieces of silver which were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse in my hearing, behold, the silver is with me; I took it." And his mother said, "Blessed be my son by the LORD."

Now the five men who went to spy out the land went up and entered there, and took the graven image and the ephod and household idols and the molten image, while the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men armed with weapons of war.


My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger, If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth,

The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

A man lacking in sense pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.

Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.

Do not be among those who give pledges, Among those who become guarantors for debts.

Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge.


and he drove away all his livestock and all his property which he had gathered, his acquired livestock which he had gathered in Paddan-aram, to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac.

He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.

The sons of Israel captured the women of Midian and their little ones; and all their cattle and all their flocks and all their goods they plundered.

All those about them encouraged them with articles of silver, with gold, with goods, with cattle and with valuables, aside from all that was given as a freewill offering.

"They captured fortified cities and a fertile land They took possession of houses full of every good thing, Hewn cisterns, vineyards, olive groves, Fruit trees in abundance So they ate, were filled and grew fat, And reveled in Your great goodness.

Someone in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me."

"The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me ' So he divided his wealth between them.


"But if the slave plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,'

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He is gracious to us.

A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers.

Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters.

He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.

"Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?


"If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, you are not to act as a creditor to him; you shall not charge him interest.

I consulted with myself and contended with the nobles and the rulers and said to them, "You are exacting usury, each from his brother!" Therefore, I held a great assembly against them.

He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.

'Do not take usurious interest from him, but revere your God, that your countryman may live with you.

He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent He who does these things will never be shaken.

if he does not lend money on interest or take increase, if he keeps his hand from iniquity and executes true justice between man and man,



And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,



Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;






"If a man borrows anything from his neighbor, and it is injured or dies while its owner is not with it, he shall make full restitution.

Then he said, "Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few.

But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, "Alas, my master! For it was borrowed."




"If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

And a centurion's slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die.

So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments;

But when David returned to bless his household, Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, "How the king of Israel distinguished himself today! He uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants' maids as one of the foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!"




"If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

And a centurion's slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die.

So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments;

But when David returned to bless his household, Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, "How the king of Israel distinguished himself today! He uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants' maids as one of the foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!"


besides that from the traders and the wares of the merchants and all the kings of the Arabs and the governors of the country.

Then they sat down to eat a meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh, on their way to bring them down to Egypt.

"And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more--

Once or twice the traders and merchants of every kind of merchandise spent the night outside Jerusalem.

Who has planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, Whose merchants were princes, whose traders were the honored of the earth?


"Aram was your customer because of the abundance of your goods; they paid for your wares with emeralds, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral and rubies.

and to those who were selling the doves He said, "Take these things away; stop making My Father's house a place of business."

cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble,

As for the peoples of the land who bring wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the sabbath or a holy day; and we will forego the crops the seventh year and the exaction of every debt.

Also men of Tyre were living there who imported fish and all kinds of merchandise, and sold them to the sons of Judah on the sabbath, even in Jerusalem.


But Abram said to Sarai, "Behold, your maid is in your power; do to her what is good in your sight." So Sarai treated her harshly, and she fled from her presence.


So Joseph's master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king's prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail.

The Egyptians compelled the sons of Israel to labor rigorously;

David said to him, "To whom do you belong? And where are you from?" And he said, "I am a young man of Egypt, a servant of an Amalekite; and my master left me behind when I fell sick three days ago.


But Abram said to Sarai, "Behold, your maid is in your power; do to her what is good in your sight." So Sarai treated her harshly, and she fled from her presence.


So Joseph's master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king's prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail.

The Egyptians compelled the sons of Israel to labor rigorously;

David said to him, "To whom do you belong? And where are you from?" And he said, "I am a young man of Egypt, a servant of an Amalekite; and my master left me behind when I fell sick three days ago.



but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.

All day long he is gracious and lends, And his descendants are a blessing.

It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment.



"When a person sins and acts unfaithfully against the LORD, and deceives his companion in regard to a deposit or a security entrusted to him, or through robbery, or if he has extorted from his companion,

"Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, For the sun has burned me. My mother's sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.

"You also took your beautiful jewels made of My gold and of My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images that you might play the harlot with them.

"And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?


"For you have taken pledges of your brothers without cause, And stripped men naked.

"If you ever take your neighbor's cloak as a pledge, you are to return it to him before the sun sets,

"No one shall take a handmill or an upper millstone in pledge, for he would be taking a life in pledge.

"They drive away the donkeys of the orphans; They take the widow's ox for a pledge.

"On garments taken as pledges they stretch out beside every altar, And in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined.



So the field and the cave that is in it, were deeded over to Abraham for a burial site by the sons of Heth.

Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel. So the closest relative said to Boaz, "Buy it for yourself." And he removed his sandal.

So Hiram sent word to Solomon, saying, "I have heard the message which you have sent me; I will do what you desire concerning the cedar and cypress timber. "My servants will bring them down from Lebanon to the sea; and I will make them into rafts to go by sea to the place where you direct me, and I will have them broken up there, and you shall carry them away Then you shall accomplish my desire by giving food to my household." So Hiram gave Solomon as much as he desired of the cedar and cypress timber. read more.
Solomon then gave Hiram 20,000 kors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty kors of beaten oil; thus Solomon would give Hiram year by year.




On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your brethren.


"No one shall take a handmill or an upper millstone in pledge, for he would be taking a life in pledge.

"They drive away the donkeys of the orphans; They take the widow's ox for a pledge.

Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves."


So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley.

So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses and the flocks and the herds and the donkeys; and he fed them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year.

So Hiram gave Solomon as much as he desired of the cedar and cypress timber.



"You shall give him his wages on his day before the sun sets, for he is poor and sets his heart on it; so that he will not cry against you to the LORD and it become sin in you.



"You shall give him his wages on his day before the sun sets, for he is poor and sets his heart on it; so that he will not cry against you to the LORD and it become sin in you.


"Again he sent out other slaves saying, 'Tell those who have been invited, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast."' "But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business,

But He said to him, "A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for everything is ready now.' "But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, 'I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.' read more.
"Another one said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.' "Another one said, 'I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.'



And He told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man was very productive. "And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?' "Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.


"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.

Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, "And what about us, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages."


They in turn gave it to the carpenters and to the builders to buy quarried stone and timber for couplings and to make beams for the houses which the kings of Judah had let go to ruin. The men did the work faithfully with foremen over them to supervise: Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites of the sons of Merari, Zechariah and Meshullam of the sons of the Kohathites, and the Levites, all who were skillful with musical instruments.


Therefore I completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun.


The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.


In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.


As the king passed by, he cried to the king and said, "Your servant went out into the midst of the battle; and behold, a man turned aside and brought a man to me and said, 'Guard this man; if for any reason he is missing, then your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver.' "While your servant was busy here and there, he was gone." And the king of Israel said to him, "So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it."


"When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. "But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.




"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,




Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man's covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it.


In charge of the storehouses I appointed Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah of the Levites, and in addition to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah; for they were considered reliable, and it was their task to distribute to their kinsmen.


All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against.


Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ;




Moreover, they did not require an accounting from the men into whose hand they gave the money to pay to those who did the work, for they dealt faithfully.


Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable.


"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?


So he left everything he owned in Joseph's charge; and with him there he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.


There were others who said, "We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our houses that we might get grain because of the famine."




"And he summoned each one of his master's debtors, and he began saying to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' "And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'


Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest."




"Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.


Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.


Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,




and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working, for by trade they were tent-makers.

She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

Now the man Jeroboam was a valiant warrior, and when Solomon saw that the young man was industrious, he appointed him over all the forced labor of the house of Joseph.


So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.


So we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from dawn until the stars appeared.