Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman tells the story of a philanthropist who bade a contractor, who had been very unfortunate, build him a dwelling & gave him authority to choose the material & to govern every part of its construction.
At last the house was finished, but the contractor had felt that this was an opportunity for him to recover some of his lost fortune & had put into it the poorest material & the faultiest of work.
When the house was finished the philanthropist said, "This house is for you & your family & you can live in it as long as you please. It is yours forever," and then the poor man realized that he had built a house in which he himself must live.
He thought he was cheating the other man, but he had really been cheating himself.
- R. Cameron. (moreillustrations.com)
Lev 19:11(GNT): “Do not steal or cheat or lie.”
“He that is cheated twice by the same man is an accomplice with the cheater.” - Thomas Fuller.