I am Rich
Hosea 12:7-9
He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to oppress.…

Literally, I am simply rich, in all my labours they shall find none iniquity that is sin. It was the custom of the trade; that is how it is. In forty pounds weight of calico put sixteen pounds weight of china clay — it is the custom of the trade: a custom more honoured in the breach than in the observance. Sell for ten yards of cloth nine yards and seven-eighths. A man likes an eighth of a lie; a little fraction of falsehood is a kind of condiment in his supper; it is the custom of the trade. And especially if a man, after doing this, can take the chair at a missionary meeting, and speak lugubriously and tediously about the condition of the heathen he has never seen, but often cheated; he feels that there is none iniquity in him that is sin; he says, Business is business. He always says that when he wins; when he loses he says, There ought to be some morality in business after all.

(Joseph Parker, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.

WEB: A merchant has dishonest scales in his hand. He loves to defraud.

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