The father's reaction to the son's truthful story is awesome. We may wonder whether it is possible to succeed in such an environment and at the same time be true to our covenants.
In outward appearance the sculpture appeared to be flawless and the defect was seldom discovered until well after the work had been accepted and the commission paid. When something seems too good to be true then there is something wrong.
What astounds me is the extent of the untruths, and how often they become repeated as facts. He becomes sick and is about to die. Sculptors who lived during the Golden Age of Tuscan Sculpture claimed that it was the purest substance God ever created, and they longed for the feel of it beneath their hands.
They represent the foundation upon which life is lived in the celestial kingdom.
The more we try to become honest the better this world will become. Several months later I was in Malaysia negotiating a similar project with a different company. If we are honest we will keep the covenants we have made in the waters of baptism. They refused to accept a piece of marble statuary until after a careful examination had been made to ensure that it was undamaged and contained no wax-covered flaws.
Honesty is the highest level of quality in human character. Ps NLT Ill-gotten gain gets you nowhere; an honest life is immortal. There are many other examples from the Bible that show that it really is important to be honest.