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The Purchaser's Sin.

The Purchaser's Sin.

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*' It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer
but when he is gone his way he boasteth"—'
Prov. XX. 14.


*' It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer
but when he is gone his way he boasteth"—'
Prov. XX. 14.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Aug 06, 2013
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THE PURCHASER'S SI.BY JAMES SMITH*' It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyerbut when he is gone his way he boasteth"—'Prov. XX. 14.Most people seem to be upon the look-out forbargains ; they are not satisfied with justice ; self-ishness carries them beyond the golden rule,*' Therefore all things whatsoever ye would thatmen should do to you, do ye even so to them ; forthis is the law and the prophets." (Matt. vii. 12.)The practices both of buyers and sellers must begrievous in the sight of God ; but it is with theformer we have now to do. See them trying tx)cheapen an article : they are looking out for everyfault ; not with a view to estimate its real value,but to reduce it below the market price. Theysay often what they do not, cannot believe ; andyet think themselves honest. All they want is toget a bargain ; they are not particular as to themeans by which they obtain it ; they think notof the cost of the raw material, the wages of theworkmen, or the profits of the tradesman ; butleave all these out of the question, and only tryto reduce the price of the article. "It is naught,it is naught, saith the buyer." " It is not worthso much ;" and yet perhaps at the very momentthey beUeve it to be worth more ; "It is an in-15170 THE purchaser's SI.ferior article ;" and yet are perhaps conscious thatt is an excellent one. They speak as if they
cared nothing about it ; and yet they feel thatthey must have it, they cannot do without it.Or, perhaps, they try to depreciate it, that theytiiemselves may obtain a large profit by it," But when he is gone his way he boasteth."♦' See," he says, " what a bargain ! I only gaveso much for it, and it is worth so much. Look at the quality, or colour, or novel'/y." And yetperhaps, he had spoken against every one of these.Is this honest ? Is this fearing a lie ? Is thereany thing like honour in such conduct? Is it nota disgrace to the christian name? Ought notsuch practices to be left to infidels and heathens ?Can we expect God's blessing on such a course?It is impossible. God is neither the author northe sanctioner of sin.Buyers should remember, that the eye of Godfollows them into the shop or warehouse ; that theear of God listens to every word they say ; thatthe book of God records every lie they tell ; andthe word of God assures them, " that for everyidle word that men shall speak, they shall give anaccount thereof in the Judgment." That the Godthey profess to revere and serve, hates sin, hateait perfectly, hates it always and everywhere ;that He makes no allowance for it, that He willnot admit of any excuse for it. Bryers shouldremember also, that they are to do all to the gloryTHE purchaser's SI. 171ol God ; they are therefore to keep God's glory inview while buying, and as much in the shop as inthe house of prayer.Reader, be a Christian in the shop, as well as

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