The Bible has several teachings about employers and their treatment of workers, particularly in regards to paying them fairly and in a timely manner. Here are a few passages that address this issue:

  1. James 5:4: “Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.”

This passage from James is a direct rebuke of employers who fail to pay their workers their fair wages. The imagery of the workers’ cries being heard by God emphasizes the injustice of the situation and the gravity of the offense.

  1. Leviticus 19:13: “Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.”

In this passage from Leviticus, God commands His people to avoid defrauding or robbing their neighbors, including hired workers. Holding back wages was not only unjust, it was also a form of oppression and exploitation.

  1. Colossians 4:1: “Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.”

While this passage is specifically addressing slave owners, its message can also be applied to employers. The call to provide what is “right and fair” underscores the importance of treating workers justly and with respect.

  1. Deuteronomy 24:14-15: “Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.”

In this passage, God’s command to pay workers fairly is accompanied by a warning about the consequences of failing to do so. The emphasis on paying workers each day before sunset underscores the urgency and importance of timely payments.

These passages demonstrate that the Bible emphasizes the importance of paying workers fairly and on time. Employers who fail to do so are guilty of defrauding and oppressing their workers, and are accountable to God for their actions.