Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.
[He is] a merchant, the balances of deceit [are] in his hand: he loveth to oppress.
By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; [that] useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;
Their tongue [is as] an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: [one] speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait.
Thine habitation [is] in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.
And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, [and] weary themselves to commit iniquity.
Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.
And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?
Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;
Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
The instruments also of the churl [are] evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.
Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?
Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure [that is] abominable?
1 Thessalonians 4:6
That no [man] go beyond and defraud his brother in [any] matter: because that the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
So he called every one of his lord's debtors [unto him], and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.
I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
Then said he unto me, This [is] the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off [as] on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off [as] on that side according to it.
In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.
Woe to the bloody city! it [is] all full of lies [and] robbery; the prey departeth not;
Shall I count [them] pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?
Divers weights [are] an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance [is] not good.
Bread of deceit [is] sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
[Some] remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed [thereof].
For all that do such things, [and] all that do unrighteously, [are] an abomination unto the LORD thy God.
[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.
Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.
Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.
Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I [am] the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.
Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob [him]: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.
And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.
And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:
Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, [and] give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.
Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,
Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:
They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness [yieldeth] food for them [and] for [their] children.
[It is] naught, [it is] naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
Divers weights, [and] divers measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD.
A false balance [is] abomination to the LORD: but a just weight [is] his delight.
Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do [it].
Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart [upon them].
When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
[Which] make oil within their walls, [and] tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst.
They cause [him] to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf [from] the hungry;
They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that [they have] no covering in the cold.
They reap [every one] his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;
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valley of vision, Elisha's trusted servant (2 Kings 4:31; 5:25;
8:4, 5). He appears in connection with the history of the
Shunammite (2 Kings 4:14, 31) and of Naaman the Syrian. On this
latter occasion he was guilty of duplicity and dishonesty of
conduct, causing Elisha to denounce his crime with righteous
sternness, and pass on him the terrible doom that the leprosy of
Naaman would cleave to him and his for ever (5:20-27).
He afterwards appeared before king Joram, to whom he recounted
the great deeds of his master (2 Kings 8:1-6).