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1 A false balance is abomination to Yahweh: but a just weight is his delight.
Commerce, in itself, is not evil.
It is lawful and imperative. Without commerce the world would soon collapse. It is an occupation, however, which is attendant with tremendous moral risks. The temptations of business men are truly legion and very subtle.
Shopkeepers and traders need, above most men, to be exceedingly circumspect and watchful. Their only safeguard lies in a determination to keep God's will in reference to their calling well in mind.
"Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have"
(Lev. 19:36; Deut. 25:13-16).
This is our duty, and the brother who is faithful to it is now a delight in the ever and all-seeing eyes of God (Prov. 11:1). The one who is obedient will set his face against exaggeration and misrepresentation (the world's unconquerable failings). He will praise his wares (and use all his eloquence for the purpose), but he will not call brass, gold: nor margarine, butter, nor calico, linen.
It may be easier, nay, it is easier, and more lucrative in the short run, to be unconscientious, but it is wise to think of the by-and-bye.
"Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
Bro AT Jannaway
The Christadelphian, Aug 1900