Bible Summary. One Biblical principle for businesses is to not cheat the customer. Another Biblical principle for businesses is to focus on selling quality products and services. A Biblical principle for businesses from King Solomon is to foster good trading relationships. Another Biblical principle for businesses is to be honest and open in all business dealings. See below for Biblical commentary and advise from part two of our series on running a Biblical-based business.
Following Biblical Principles in Business and Commerce
The Commerce of Solomon
Biblical Principle for Businesses: Do Not Cheat The Customer.
This may seem like common sense, but for some businesses their motto is “do not get caught cheating the customer”. In Biblical times merchants cheated customers by using inflated scale weights when measuring produce and goods that they sold to customers. Deuteronomy 25:15 advises businesses to have a perfect and just scale.
Deuteronomy 25:15, “But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”
Biblical Principle for Businesses: Sell Quality.
All businesses should be in a position where they know their product or service is good. The only way to do this is a lot of hard work and a focus on quality. Proverbs 31:18 tells us of the virtuous woman that knows her merchandise is of good quality.
Proverbs 31:18, “She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.”
Biblical Principle for Businesses: Foster Good Trading Relationships.
One of the reasons King Solomon was so successful was he foster good trading relationships . King Solomon’s wisdom in the area of trade and commerce enable everyone to profit and show increase. He worked with governments and with merchants to encourage trade. 1st Kings 10:15 tells us of how he fostered good trade relations for his merchants and other countries.
1st Kings 10:15, “Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffic of the spice merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the country.”
Biblical Principle for Businesses: Be Honest in All Business Dealings.
Honesty in business means no false advertising. It means selling products and services that provide value to the customer. A business should never knowingly sell inferior goods or services that may harm the customer. A business should be open in all of its business dealings so as to not even give the perception of dishonesty. Romans 12:17 advises to do no man evil and provide things in honesty and in openness.
Romans 12:17, “Recompense to no man evil for evil, Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”