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Consider what is meant by trading, in the Lord's parables:--

Of the man who travelled abroad, and gave his servants talents, that they might trade with them and gain (Matt. 25:14-30).

And of the other, who gave his servant ten pounds to trade with (Luke 19:12-26).

And of the treasure hid in a field; which when a man found, he hid, and sold all that he had and bought the field (Matt. 13:44).

And of him that sought beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one precious one, sold all and bought it (Matt. 13:45, 46).

Such have thy merchants been from thy youth; they wandered everyone from his quarter, none shall save thee (Isa. 47:15).

That to buy and sell signifies to procure knowledges, and teach them, in like manner to merchandise, trade, and gain, appears from the following passages:-

Everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no silver, come ye, buy and eat; yea come, buy wine and milk without silver and without price (Isa. 55:1).

Ye have sold yourselves for nought, therefore ye shall not be redeemed by silver (Isa. 52:3).

With thy wisdom and with thy intelligence thou hast made for thyself wealth; and by the multitude of wisdom and by thy traffic thou hast multiplied for thyself wealth (Ezek. 28:4, 5).

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