Deuteronomy 25:13
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New International Version
Do not have two differing weights in your bag--one heavy, one light.

New Living Translation
"You must use accurate scales when you weigh out merchandise,

English Standard Version
“You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small.

King James Bible
Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must not have two different weights in your bag, one heavy and one light.

International Standard Version
"Don't have different weights in your bag—one heavy and one light.

NET Bible
You must not have in your bag different stone weights, a heavy and a light one.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never carry two sets of weights, a heavier one and a lighter one.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt not have in thy bag different weights, a great and a small.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a great and a small.

American King James Version
You shall not have in your bag divers weights, a great and a small.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt not have in thy bag diverse weights, a great and a small.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not have divers weights in thy bag, a greater and a less:

Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small:

World English Bible
You shall not have in your bag diverse weights, a great and a small.

Young's Literal Translation
'Thou hast not in thy bag a stone and a stone, a great and a small.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

25:13-16 Dishonest gain always brings a curse on men's property, families, and souls. Happy those who judge themselves, repent of and forsake their sins, and put away evil things, that they may not be condemned of the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 13-16. - Rectitude and integrity in trade are here anew inculcated (cf. Leviticus 19:35, etc.). Verse 13. - Diverse weights; literally, a stone and a stone - a large one for buying, and a small one for selling (cf. Amos 8:5). Both weights and measures were to be "perfect," i.e. exactly correct, and so just. (On the promise in ver. 15, see Deuteronomy 4:26; Deuteronomy 5:16.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights,.... Or, "a stone and a stone" (y); it being usual, in those times and countries, to have their weights of stone, as it was formerly with us here; we still say, that such a commodity is worth so much per stone, a stone being of such a weight; now these were not to be different:

a great and a small; great weights, to buy with them, and small weights, to sell with them, as the Targum of Jonathan paraphrases it.

(y) "lapis et lapis", Montanus, Vatablus, Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13-16. Thou shalt not have … divers weights—Weights were anciently made of stone and are frequently used still by Eastern shopkeepers and traders, who take them out of the bag and put them in the balance. The man who is not cheated by the trader and his bag of divers weights must be blessed with more acuteness than most of his fellows [Roberts]. (Compare Pr 16:11; 20:10).

Deuteronomy 25:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Standard Weights and Measures
13"You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small. 14"You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small.…
Cross References
Leviticus 19:35
"'Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity.

Leviticus 19:36
Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 25:14
Do not have two differing measures in your house--one large, one small.

Proverbs 11:1
The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.

Proverbs 20:23
The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.

Ezekiel 45:10
You are to use accurate scales, an accurate ephah and an accurate bath.

Micah 6:11
Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?
Treasury of Scripture

You shall not have in your bag divers weights, a great and a small.

in thy bag

Leviticus 19:35,36 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in length, in weight, …

Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

Proverbs 16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD's: all the weights of the …

Proverbs 20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination …

Ezekiel 45:10,11 You shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath…

Amos 8:5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and …

Micah 6:11,12 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag …

divers weights [heb] a stone and a stone Aivenwaaiven; because weights were anciently made of stone. Hence the expression, a stone weight, which is still in use, though the matter of which it is made be lead or iron, and the name itself shows us that a stone of a certain weight was formerly used.

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