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

New Living Translation
The LORD detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights.

English Standard Version
A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.

New American Standard Bible
A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.

King James Bible
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Dishonest scales are detestable to the LORD, but an accurate weight is His delight.

International Standard Version
The LORD hates false scales, but he delights in accurate weights.

NET Bible
The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but an accurate weight is his delight.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah despises the scales of deceit and he is pleased with correct scales.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dishonest scales are disgusting to the LORD, but accurate weights are pleasing to him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A false balance is abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.

King James 2000 Bible
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

American King James Version
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

American Standard Version
A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah; But a just weight is his delight.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A deceitful balance is an abomination before the Lord: and a just weight is his will.

Darby Bible Translation
A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah; but a just weight is his delight.

English Revised Version
A FALSE balance is an abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

Webster's Bible Translation
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

World English Bible
A false balance is an abomination to Yahweh, but accurate weights are his delight.

Young's Literal Translation
Balances of deceit are an abomination to Jehovah, And a perfect weight is His delight.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. 2. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. 3. An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. 4. Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. 5,6. The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. 7. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. 8. The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. 9. Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of God's word. 10,11. Nations prosper when wicked men are cast down. 12. A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. 13. A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. 14. We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. 15. The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. 16. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. 17. A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. 18. He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. 19. True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. 20. Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. 21. Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. 22. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. 23. The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. 24. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. 25. Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. 26. We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. 27. Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - A false balance; literally, balances of deceit (Proverbs 20:23). The repetition of the injunctions of Deuteronomy 25:13, 14 and Leviticus 19:35, 36 points to fraud consequent on increased commercial dealings, and the necessity of moral and religious considerations to control practices which the civil authority could not adequately supervise. The standard weights and measures were deposited in the sanctuary (Exodus 30:13; Leviticus 27:25; 1 Chronicles 23:29), but cupidity was not to be restrained by law, and the prophets had continually to inveigh against this besetting sin (see Ezekiel 45:10; Amos 8:5; Micah 6:11). Honesty and integrity are at the foundation of social duties, which the author is now teaching. Hence comes the reiteration of these warnings (Proverbs 16:11; Proverbs 20:10). A just weight; literally, a perfect stone, stones having been used as weights from early times. So we read (2 Samuel 14:26) that Absalom weighed his hair "by the king's stone" (eben).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A false balance is abomination to the Lord,.... Under which are included all false weights and measures, and all fraudulent practices in commerce and dealing; which are forbidden by the Lord, and are abominable to him, as being injurious to the estates and properties of men: and more especially must be abominable in professors of religion, as being contrary to the grace of God; for though there may be common honesty where there is not the grace of God, yet there cannot be the true grace of God where there is not honesty; for the grace of God teaches to deny all such worldly lusts;

but a just weight is his delight; or a "perfect stone" (c); the ancient practice being to make use of stones for weights; Now to give just weight, and also just measure, and to do justly in all civil dealings with men, is what God requires, and is well pleasing in his sight (d); see Leviticus 19:35. This may be understood of balances and weights in religious affairs; the balance of the sanctuary is the word of God, with which all doctrines are to be weighed, and, if found wanting, they are to be rejected; this is agreeable to the will of God: false balances are abominable to him; such as carnal reason, vain philosophy, and the traditions of men, used by antichrist and his followers; the harlot, described in some preceding chapters, opposed to Wisdom or Christ, who directs to the search of the Scriptures, and the use of them to try doctrines by, John 5:39; see Acts 17:11.

(c) "lapsis perfectus", Montanus, Gejerus. (d) , &c. Phocylid. Poem. Admon. v. 12, 13.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 11

Pr 11:1-31.

1. (Compare Margin). The Hebrews used stones for weights.

just—complete in measure.

Proverbs 11:1 Additional Commentaries
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A False Balance is an Abomination
1A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight. 2When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.…
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 25:13
Do not have two differing weights in your bag--one heavy, one light.

Deuteronomy 25:16
For the LORD your God detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly.

Proverbs 16:11
Honest scales and balances belong to the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.

Proverbs 20:10
Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.

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

Hosea 12:7
The merchant uses dishonest scales and loves to defraud.

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