100 Bible Verses about Business Ethics

Leviticus 19:11 ESV / 382 helpful votes

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.

Proverbs 22:1 ESV / 218 helpful votes

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 196 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Proverbs 11:1 ESV / 180 helpful votes

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 177 helpful votes

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Mark 8:36 ESV / 163 helpful votes

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 139 helpful votes

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Proverbs 19:17 ESV / 128 helpful votes

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Isaiah 1:17-19 ESV / 124 helpful votes

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;

Leviticus 19:13 ESV / 100 helpful votes

“You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning.

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 87 helpful votes

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Psalm 15:1-5 ESV / 86 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

Luke 16:15 ESV / 85 helpful votes

And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

Proverbs 20:23 ESV / 81 helpful votes

Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord, and false scales are not good.

Micah 6:8 ESV / 78 helpful votes

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Leviticus 25:39 ESV / 75 helpful votes

“If your brother becomes poor beside you and sells himself to you, you shall not make him serve as a slave:

Mark 7:20-22 ESV / 73 helpful votes

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.

Leviticus 19:35-36 ESV / 68 helpful votes

“You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Leviticus 19:14 ESV / 54 helpful votes

You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

Deuteronomy 15:13-14 ESV / 53 helpful votes

And when you let him go free from you, you shall not let him go empty-handed. You shall furnish him liberally out of your flock, out of your threshing floor, and out of your winepress. As the Lord your God has blessed you, you shall give to him.

2 Peter 1:3 ESV / 51 helpful votes

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

Numbers 23:19 ESV / 51 helpful votes

God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

Leviticus 23:22 ESV / 50 helpful votes

“And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”

Leviticus 25:43 ESV / 49 helpful votes

You shall not rule over him ruthlessly but shall fear your God.

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 44 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Leviticus 19:10 ESV / 44 helpful votes

And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.

James 4:17 ESV / 41 helpful votes

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 40 helpful votes

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 39 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Deuteronomy 8:18 ESV / 38 helpful votes

You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Luke 16:10 ESV / 37 helpful votes

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

Titus 2:9-12 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

Colossians 1:10 ESV / 36 helpful votes

So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 16:8 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 35 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Proverbs 28:6 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.

Amos 2:6-8 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals— those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth and turn aside the way of the afflicted; a man and his father go in to the same girl, so that my holy name is profaned; they lay themselves down beside every altar on garments taken in pledge, and in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined.

Proverbs 22:29 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

Proverbs 21:6 ESV / 33 helpful votes

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.

Deuteronomy 11:1-32 ESV / 33 helpful votes

“You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always. And consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm, his signs and his deeds that he did in Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land, and what he did to the army of Egypt, to their horses and to their chariots, how he made the water of the Red Sea flow over them as they pursued after you, and how the Lord has destroyed them to this day, and what he did to you in the wilderness, until you came to this place, ...

Deuteronomy 15:1-23 ESV / 32 helpful votes

“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the Lord's release has been proclaimed. Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release. But there will be no poor among you; for the Lord will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess— if only you will strictly obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all this commandment that I command you today. ...

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 31 helpful votes

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 ESV / 31 helpful votes

In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.

Leviticus 25:14 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And if you make a sale to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another.

Matthew 19:26 ESV / 30 helpful votes

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Psalm 128:2 ESV / 29 helpful votes

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Luke 6:31 ESV / 28 helpful votes

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Proverbs 13:23 ESV / 28 helpful votes

The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 28 helpful votes

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Leviticus 19:36 ESV / 27 helpful votes

You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 26 helpful votes

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Proverbs 3:4-5 ESV / 26 helpful votes

So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

1 Timothy 5:18 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Leviticus 19:35 ESV / 25 helpful votes

“You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity.

Proverbs 16:18 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Psalm 24:3-4 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.

Deuteronomy 25:13 ESV / 24 helpful votes

“You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small.

Colossians 4:1 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

Jeremiah 22:13 ESV / 22 helpful votes

“Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice, who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing and does not give him his wages,

Mark 5:36 ESV / 21 helpful votes

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 20 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

James 5:4 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.

2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV / 19 helpful votes

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Nehemiah 1:7 ESV / 19 helpful votes

We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses.

Ephesians 6:5-9 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

Proverbs 18:17 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Proverbs 22:16 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Proverbs 22:1-29 ESV / 17 helpful votes

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all. The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them. ...

Psalm 112:5 ESV / 17 helpful votes

It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.

James 2:26 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

Psalm 78:72 ESV / 16 helpful votes

With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.

Deuteronomy 24:1-22 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“When a man takes a wife and marries her, if then she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, and she departs out of his house, and if she goes and becomes another man's wife, and the latter man hates her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter man dies, who took her to be his wife, then her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after she has been defiled, for that is an abomination before the Lord. And you shall not bring sin upon the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance. “When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be liable for any other public duty. He shall be free at home one year to be happy with his wife whom he has taken. ...

Exodus 35:35 ESV / 16 helpful votes

He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.

1 Peter 2:18-20 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.

Ephesians 6:9 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

Malachi 3:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

Proverbs 21:25 ESV / 15 helpful votes

The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 15 helpful votes

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Nehemiah 6:9 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands.

Leviticus 19:18 ESV / 15 helpful votes

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Genesis 31:6 ESV / 15 helpful votes

You know that I have served your father with all my strength,

1 John 4:8 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 14 helpful votes

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Exodus 25:40 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.

Exodus 23:9 ESV / 14 helpful votes

“You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

Genesis 29:7 ESV / 14 helpful votes

He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.”

Colossians 4:1-18 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. ...

Proverbs 11:3 ESV / 13 helpful votes

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

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