20 Bible principles for day-to-day business dealings

When you start to scan the Bible for guidance about how to handle your job, it’s amazing how specific it becomes. Here are just a handful of the directions I found:

1. Do not defraud anyone (Lev. 19:13)

2. “Do not steal, lie, or deceive one another.” (Lev. 19:11)

3. Do not take advantage of one another in business (Lev. 25:14)

4. Do not oppress a stranger in business (Ex. 22:21)

5. Do not take advantage of one another (Lev. 25:17)

6. Do not take advantage of widows and orphans. (Ex. 22:22)

7. Return lost articles to their owners (Dt. 22: 1-3)

8. Do not take bribes. (Ex. 23:8)

9. Do not use dishonest weights or measures (Lev. 19:35)

10. Do not possess dishonest weights or measures (Deut. 25:13-14) Thank you, Commissioner of Weights and Measures!

11. Do not alter land boundaries (Deut. 19:14) Surveyors, here’s the validation for your hard work.

12. If a roof is being used as living space, build a guard rail so no one will fall accidentally. (Deut. 22:8) Here’s your first building code, right in the Word of God.

13. Do not refuse to help a person or animal that is collapsing. (Exodus 23:5) AAA, tow truck drivers, and all the emergency workers in the world: here’s your “great commission” for what you do every day.

14. A judge must not show partiality to the rich. (Lev. 19:15)
15. A judge must not show partiality to the poor. (Lev. 19:15)

16. A witness must report wrong-doing and testify in a matter under investigation (Lev. 5:1)
17. A witness must not give false testimony. (Ex. 20:16)

18. A judge must not condemn an innocent person. (Ex. 23:7)

19. A decision must not be given before a matter is fully investigated. (Deut. 19:18) This one applies to us all, doesn’t it?

20. Do not endanger your neighbor’s life. (Lev. 19:16)

If we are not to endanger our neighbors’ lives, can we risk the lives of others for such potential social benefits as a new medication or more fuel? Why or why not?

Copyright © 2009 – 2014 Carlene Hill Byron

About Carlene Byron

Writer, editor, publicist, communications project manager ... I've written technology and infrastructure; I used to edit New England Church Life and The New England Christian and I've freelanced to publications ranging from Commonweal to Christianity Today. I'm now living in my hometown in Maine and am speaking about global perspectives on suicide prevention.
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