Most Relevant Verses
He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
The appetite of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the appetite of the diligent is abundantly supplied.
Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
So, beloved, since you are expecting these things, be eager to be found by Him [at His coming] without spot or blemish and at peace [in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].
You shall have accurate and just balances, just weights, just ephah and hin measures. I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
Then the presidents and satraps sought to find occasion [to bring accusation] against Daniel concerning the kingdom, but they could find no occasion or fault, for he was faithful, nor was there any error or fault found in him.
A false balance and unrighteous dealings are extremely offensive and shamefully sinful to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight.
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise! -- " Which, having no chief, overseer, or ruler, Provides her food in the summer and gathers her supplies in the harvest.
He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
He who tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits is lacking in sense and is without understanding.
Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase [his riches].
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is perverse in his speech and is a [self-confident] fool.
Therefore when the Lord has completed all His work [of chastisement and purification to be executed] on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, it shall be that He will inflict punishment on the fruit [the thoughts, words, and deeds] of the stout and arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the haughtiness of his pride.
In you they have accepted bribes to shed blood; you have taken [forbidden] interest and [percentage of] increase, and you have greedily gained from your neighbors by oppression and extortion and have forgotten Me, says the Lord God.
Therefore because you tread upon the poor and take from him exactions of wheat, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine.
Like the partridge that gathers a brood which she did not hatch and sits on eggs which she has not laid, so is he who gets riches by unjust means and not by right. He will leave them, or they will leave him, in the midst of his days, and at his end he will be a fool.
- Balances, For Business
- Deception, Forbidden By God
- Diligence, Rewards Of
- Dishonesty Condemned
- Injustice, Examples Of
- Just Weights
- Money Blessings
- Money, Stewardship Of
- Riches, Ungodly Use Of
- Servants, Good
- Shame Of Bad Conduct
- Unjust Gain