Proverbs 20.14 — Words for swindlers

“ ‘It’s no good, it’s no good!’ says the buyer—then goes off and boasts about the purchase.” This is a rebuke of using dishonesty to create an unjust situation in your favor. It’s selfish, dishonest, and unfair. You know how it works: in an effort to get a good deal, you “misrepresent” something (quality, flaws, assets, whatever) to score the right price. I think we justify it easily with a few twists of the mind: “They charge too much anyway.” “I’m just trying to get the best price. What’s wrong about that?” “It’s just a little thing.”

At its core, we know the truth: it’s selfish, dishonest, and unfair. The Bible calls us to be people of unwavering integrity even though we live in a dog-eat-dog world.

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