28 Bible Verses About Business

28 Bible Verses About Business (With Commentary)

The Bible has 55 verses about how to run a business well and make it succeed. These verses teach us important lessons on doing business in a right and successful way. Find out what the Bible says about mixing faith with your work.

Principles of Integrity and Honesty

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Honesty is key to integrity. Martin Luther King Jr. showed us this truth. Being honest helps businesses grow. Proverbs 16:8 says integrity is better than making money.

In work, being truthful has helped me a lot. It builds trust and opens doors that money can’t open. When you’re honest, people rely on you more, giving your words great value. This path needs hard work but leads to lasting respect and success.

Proverbs 11:1

"The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him."

Proverbs 11:1 warns against dishonest scales. God values fairness and justice in business. Cheating tarnishes a good name and hinders success. The Bible advises business owners and workers to stick to truth and integrity, showing respect for others and honoring God’s commandments on honesty.

Leviticus 19:35-36

"Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt."

Leviticus 19:35-36 says don’t cheat in business. You must be honest about the size, weight, or quality of what you sell. The Bible teaches us to trade fairly. This builds trust in business.

These verses also tell bosses to treat workers well and pay them on time. Honesty and fairness matter a lot in money and work matters. This advice from the Bible helps us do the right thing and respect others in our jobs.

Proverbs 16:11

"Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making."

Proverbs 16:11 says the Lord likes fair business. This means honesty is key in trade and money deals. The verse warns to avoid cheating, asking us to be honest and fair.

Being truthful makes for real success, not just more money. It’s better to earn less honestly than more by being dishonest. Integrity is important for lasting prosperity.

Deuteronomy 25:13-15

"Do not have two differing weights in your bag—one heavy, one light. Do not have two differing measures in your house—one large, one small. You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you."

Deuteronomy 25:13-15 tells us to use honest scales in business. It says not to cheat by having two sets of measures—one for buying and one for selling. God likes it when we are fair in every deal.

Using just one true set means you trust God for your needs.

Cheating might look like a fast way to win, but it makes God unhappy. Fair play brings blessings from God, while being dishonest can cause problems. This advice isn’t only old; even today, people respect businesses that pick honesty over tricks.

Staying honest helps your success last on the land God gives you.

Hard Work and Diligence

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The Bible links hard work to success. Proverbs 21:5 says smart planning and careful work lead to profit, while rushing causes loss. Hard work gets food on the table, as Proverbs 12:11 notes, unlike chasing after dreams with no plan.

Proverbs 14:23 tells us working hard pays off, but just talking about plans won’t help anyone. Ecclesiastes 9:10 pushes us to give our all in everything we do because we won’t get another chance after this life.

This wisdom points us to stay focused and committed for business wins and personal goals.

Proverbs 22:29

"Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank."

Proverbs 22:29 shows that being skilled in your job is important. If you work hard, others will see your effort. You could even end up working for leaders and important people. This verse teaches us to improve our skills and focus on work because this leads to success.

It also connects wisdom, hard work, and faith in God with success. Doing well at work isn’t just for making money or climbing the ladder. It’s about showing we are dedicated and trust God to guide us.

Our hard work pays off not only with wealth but with living right too.

Proverbs 12:11

"Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense."

Hard work brings successProverbs 12:11 says hard workers on their land will have plenty to eat. But, chasing useless things leads to no wisdom or success. As a business owner, I’ve learned this is true.

Putting effort into real work pays off more than looking for easy wins.

Business and faith share a common idea: focus on what matters. Following Proverbs 12:11 has given me not just money but also deep happiness. Success feels right when it fits with these lasting lessons.

Proverbs 14:23

"All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty."

Proverbs 14:23 says working hard brings rewards. Talking without action won’t help gain anything. This is true in business and life. Taking action and putting in effort leads to success.

Moving forward with hard work often results in achieving our goals.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom."

Ecclesiastes 9:10 teaches us to put our heart into our work. It tells us to do our best in everything we do. This verse has helped me a lot in my business. Working hard and staying dedicated are important for reaching goals.

This idea makes me keep going even when things get tough or I feel like giving up. It reminds me that time is limited and we should grab every chance we get. By working hard, my business not only grew but also became a brand that people trust and look up to.

Wise Management and Planning

An oil painting of a group of people brainstorming at a table, discussing business, embodying wise management and planning.

Smart planning is essential in business. Luke 14:28-30 tells us to plan carefully, like checking resources before building a tower. This shows the importance of thinking ahead. Following Proverbs 21:5 has been key in my journey; acting quickly leads to mistakes while steady steps bring success.

It’s smart to keep track of what you have, as Proverbs 27:23-24 advises. Knowing and using your strengths properly is crucial. The story of talents in Matthew 25:14-30 illustrates that wisely using what we’re given can open up more opportunities and rewards from God.

Planning means not just dodging failure but also setting big goals and reaching them with confidence and faith.

Luke 14:28-30

"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’"

Luke 14:28-30 teaches a lesson about planning. If you want to build something big, like a tower, first check if you have enough money and resources. This lesson from the Bible applies to any big project or goal in life.

Planning carefully before starting is key.

Starting a small business taught me this too. I had an idea but needed a plan. Luke 14:28-30 made me think about my resources and the steps I needed to take. It’s important to plan ahead for projects or businesses to succeed.

Proverbs 21:5

"The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty."

Proverbs 21:5 says good planning and hard work bring profit. Rushing leads to loss. I use this advice in my business. I think and plan before acting. This helps me avoid mistakes and succeed.

The verse values doing things well over rushing for quick results. It teaches patience and careful thinking lead to big rewards. Following these words has made my business better and improved how I handle life’s challenges.

Proverbs 27:23-24

"Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations."

The Bible tells us to watch our money and things carefully. Like a farmer with their animals, we must make sure our wealth is safe and growing. This advice keeps us from being surprised by money problems.

We should not spend more than we earn. Keeping an eye on our assets helps us manage them well so they don’t disappear quickly.

Matthew 25:14-30

"Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’"

Jesus told a story about a man leaving his workers with money. This money was called talents. One worker got five talents, another got two, and the last one got just one. The first two doubled their money through hard work.

But the third worker was scared and hid his talent in the ground.

When the man returned, he praised the first two for doubling their money but scolded the third for doing nothing out of fear.

This parable teaches that God prefers when we use what He gives us to grow—money, skills, or time—and not waste it because we’re afraid of failing. In business, this encourages taking risks wisely and working heartily as faith can lead to success that meets God’s expectations.

Fairness and Justice

An oil painting of hands writing on a book, while there is a justice scale on the side, symbolizing fairness and justice.

The Bible says to be fair in business. God wants us to treat others well when we buy or sell. Leviticus 19:13 tells us not to cheat workers. It’s about being honest and paying what is owed.

Proverbs 29:14 shows that fair leaders will succeed. They need to stay just, always.

Jeremiah 22:13 warns against getting rich by treating people badly, like paying too little for their work. Amos 8:5-6 says cheating customers is wrong. Honesty and fairness make business better and build trust.

By following these teachings, businesses can improve their relationships and ensure justice for all involved parties, aligning practices with biblical principles for ethical conduct.

Leviticus 19:13

"Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight."

Leviticus 19:13 tells us to pay our workers on time. It teaches fairness and honesty in business. Following this rule helps build trust with the team.

Paying on time shows respect for their hard work. This leads to a strong foundation for business success and sets an example in the industry.

Proverbs 29:14

"If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will be established forever."

Proverbs 29:14 says if a king judges the poor fairly, his throne will stay strong. This wisdom is for everyone with power, like business leaders. They should make fair decisions that help everyone.

The verse teaches us to lead with honor and justice. Being wise in treating others, especially those we lead, keeps our authority respected and strong.

This idea isn’t only for kings but for anyone who leads. It’s about using power wisely and not taking advantage of it. In business, this means acting justly towards all people involved can bring success and respect to your leadership.

Jeremiah 22:13

"Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor."

Jeremiah 22:13 warns against gaining success unfairly. This Bible verse highlights the importance of fairness and ethics in business, especially towards those less fortunate. It teaches managers to treat their workers well, ensuring no one benefits from injustice.

By following this guidance, businesses can maintain integrity and respect for everyone’s effort.

Amos 8:5-6

"Saying, ‘When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?’— skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat."

Amos 8:5-6 tells us about merchants who can’t wait for holy days to end. They want to sell their items fast. But, they cheat by using false scales. This means they trick people by asking for more money and giving less product.

This is bad because it hurts poor people the most. They lose money unfairly.

The Bible teaches us here that cheating and being unfair, especially to those in need, is wrong. It pushes for honesty and kindness in how we do business, reminding everyone to look out for each other’s well-being.

Wealth and Prosperity

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The Bible says God helps us get wealth, as seen in Deuteronomy 8:18. This shows His promise to us. Knowing and using God’s rules can lead to success and money. People often pray for more wealth, hoping for God’s blessing.

But trying to get rich fast unfairly can cause problems. Proverbs 13:11 explains that quick money goes away fast, while earning slowly builds it up. Loving money too much can push people away from their faith.

Living by the Bible’s lessons brings true blessings, not just money.

Deuteronomy 8:18

"But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today."

Deuteronomy 8:18 says God helps us earn money. This shows our success is from Him, like getting car keys but knowing He made the car. When business goes well, it’s thanks to His support.

Starting my own business taught me a lot. At first, I thought hard work was all it took. Then, I saw how much asking for God’s direction helped. This verse showed me wealth isn’t just about earning money; it’s about staying faithful to Him and living by His plan.

Psalm 112:5

"Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice."

Psalm 112:5 says it’s good to be generous and fair in business. It tells us to be kind, help others, and let justice lead our choices. This verse links doing well in business with having a big heart and choosing what’s right.

Being generous not only aids others but also blesses us. Acting just means making choices that are honest and keep our work honest.

This idea is vital for people in business, reminding them to align their actions with God’s teachings. It focuses on the way we earn money and how we treat people. By following this guidance, one can build a reputation for fairness and kindness, which leads to more success and respect from others.

So, using generosity and justice every day in how we deal helps achieve both wealth and satisfaction—showing that doing business God’s way is successful.

Proverbs 10:4

"Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth."

Proverbs 10:4 says working hard brings riches. If you’re lazy, you won’t get much. Hard work makes businesses grow. This verse combines faith with action.

It tells business owners and workers to keep trying. Success comes from dedication and effort. This is true for both life and work. Keep working hard to see your business succeed.

Proverbs 13:11

"Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow."

Money earned quickly might go away fast, too. The Bible says earning money bit by bit is better. Quick riches can vanish because people may not value or manage them well.

Building wealth slowly brings success and growth. The Bible guides us to invest smartly and save what we earn. Being patient and steady rewards us more than rushing for quick wealth.

This teaches us to be fair and kind in our money matters.

Warnings Against Dishonesty

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The Bible says lying is bad. Proverbs 20:17 shows that tricking people can end up causing us problems. Getting money the wrong way does not make us happy, as said in Proverbs 10:2.

God hates cheating in business, according to Micah 6:11 and Hosea 12:7. These verses tell us to be fair and honest when we work. Cheating might seem good at first but being honest is better for long-term success.

Proverbs 20:17

"Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel."

Proverbs 20:17 warns about the dangers of lying for gain. It compares cheating to eating sweet food that turns into gravel. This teaches us honesty is key in all deals.

I once made a deal based on lies and felt good at first. But soon, problems arose. Everything I enjoyed from that deal reminded me of biting into gravel. Proverbs 20:17 and my experience showed me the value of being honest in business and life.

Proverbs 10:2

"Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death."

Making money by lying is a waste. The Bible says so. It tells us that gaining wealth through wrong ways doesn’t lead to real success or joy. Working honestly is better, even if it means earning less at the start.

Living with honesty and doing what’s right carry more worth than any amount of money gained wrongly. Choosing this path brings a fuller life, not just a bank account filled from poor choices.

Micah 6:11

"Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?"

Micah 6:11 teaches us about honesty in business. It tells us that God dislikes when people cheat by using false scales and weights. This cheating was common among some merchants in Judah who tried to sell less for more.

God notices this dishonesty and disapproves.

The verse shows that pretending to love God while being dishonest in business reveals a person’s true character. Dishonest acts cannot be hidden behind a show of faithfulness. Micah warns the rich and powerful, telling them that God is watching their actions.

Hosea 12:7

"The merchant uses dishonest scales and loves to defraud."

Hosea 12:7 tells people not to cheat in business. The verse says lying and being unfair for money is wrong. It teaches us to keep worship pure and avoid mixing it with lies. People in Israel cared more about profit than following God’s commands.

This part of the Bible warns against using tricks or being mean to make money. If we act wrongly, especially in business, we need to apologize and return to God with honesty. The message tells us lying and treating others badly for gain is bad.

Relationships and Conduct

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In business, treating people right is essential. The Bible teaches to act kindly and fairly with everyone. This means bosses, coworkers, and customers included. Lies and theft should be off the table.

Instead, work heartily as if for God.

Sharing matters too. It shows love and respect for others, improving the workplace for all. Stick to your word and treat others well—this leads to success and harmony at work.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."

The Bible in 1 Timothy 6:17-19 speaks to rich people. It warns them not to be proud or too trusting in their wealth because it can disappear quickly. It tells them to trust God who gives us all we need.

This passage also says that if you have a lot of money, you should use it to do good. Help other people and share what you have. By doing this, you will save up treasures for the future and grab onto real life.

Once, I put too much hope in my business success. Reading these verses shifted my view. They taught me that real wealth is about being generous and trusting God, not just having money or making profits.

Acting on this has made how I run my business more meaningful and purposeful.

Ephesians 4:28

"Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need."

Ephesians 4:28 tells us to work hard. It says honest work is important. This way, we can support ourselves and help others who need it. Stealing is wrong. We should earn by working in a fair way.

This verse also talks about sharing. If we have extra, we should give to those with less. Work becomes a way to serve God and show love to people around us. It’s not only about earning money but also about offering help where needed.

Colossians 3:23-24

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."

Colossians 3:23-24 tells us to work hard as if we’re working for God, not just for people on Earth. I learned this lesson at my first job after college. My job felt small and unimportant until I read these verses.

Then, every task became a way to honor God.

This part of the Bible also says that working for the Lord brings us rewards from Him. These rewards are not like earthly ones; they last forever. This idea makes even tough days at work feel meaningful.

Philemon 1:14

"But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary."

Paul wrote to Philemon about Onesimus. He said good actions should come from the heart, not because you must. This is like helping a coworker with their work without being asked. It shows kindness and willingness.

I helped a colleague with a project, not my job. It made our team better.

This teaches us in business that acting kindly on your own can make a big difference. Paul wanted Philemon to treat Onesimus well by choice. Kindness at work builds trust and makes everyone feel valued.

What Does the Bible Say About Business?

The Bible talks a lot about business. It tells us to be honest and work hard. Proverbs 11:1 and Leviticus 19:35-36 teach us to be fair in our dealings. This means we shouldn’t cheat or lie in business.

Working hard brings success, as shown in Proverbs 12:11. If you work your land, you’ll have plenty of food.

Before starting a project, it’s smart to plan well. Luke 14:28-30 says to count the cost first, like if you’re building a tower and need enough money to finish it. The Bible likes fairness and justice (Leviticus 19:13; Proverbs 29:14).

It also warns against lying (Proverbs 20:17). True wealth comes from putting in effort over time (Proverbs 13:11).

Conclusion

Bible verses teach us to blend faith, honesty, and hard work in business. These lessons help build a fair and thriving company. They tell us to treat people well as we aim for success.

Through these verses, we gain motivation and wisdom for our market journey.

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