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

New Living Translation
The LORD demands accurate scales and balances; he sets the standards for fairness.

English Standard Version
A just balance and scales are the LORD’s; all the weights in the bag are his work.

New American Standard Bible
A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; All the weights of the bag are His concern.

King James Bible
A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Honest balances and scales are the LORD's; all the weights in the bag are His concern.

International Standard Version
Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; he made all the weights in the bag.

NET Bible
Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are his handiwork.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The weight of a balance is the judgment of Lord Jehovah and all his works are weights of truth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Honest balances and scales belong to the LORD. He made the entire set of weights.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A just weight and balance are the LORD's; all the weights of the bag are his work.

King James 2000 Bible
A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights in the bag are his work.

American King James Version
A just weight and balance are the LORD's: all the weights of the bag are his work.

American Standard Version
A just balance and scales are Jehovah's; All the weights of the bag are his work.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Weight and balance are judgments of the Lord: and his work all the weights of the bag.

Darby Bible Translation
The just balance and scales are Jehovah's; all the weights of the bag are his work.

English Revised Version
A just balance and scales are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.

Webster's Bible Translation
A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.

World English Bible
Honest balances and scales are Yahweh's; all the weights in the bag are his work.

Young's Literal Translation
A just beam and balances are Jehovah's, His work are all the stones of the bag.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:4. God makes use of the wicked to execute righteous vengeance on each other; and he will be glorified by their destruction at last. 5. Though sinners strengthen themselves and one another, they shall not escape God's judgments. 6. By the mercy and truth of God in Christ Jesus, the sins of believers are taken away, and the power of sin is broken. 7. He that has all hearts in his hand, can make a man's enemies to be at peace with him. 8. A small estate, honestly come by, will turn to better account than a great estate ill-gotten. 9. If men make God's glory their end, and his will their rule, he will direct their steps by his Spirit and grace. 10. Let kings and judges of the earth be just, and rule in the fear of God. 11. To observe justice in dealings between man and man is God's appointment.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - A just weight and balance are the Lord's (Proverbs 11:1); literally, the balance and scales of justice (are) the Lord's. They come under his law, are subject to the Divine ordinances which regulate all man's dealings. The great principles of truth end justice govern all the transactions of buying and selling; religion enters into the business of trading, and weights and measures are sacred things. Vulgate, "The weights and the balance are judgments of the Lord;" being true and fair, they are regarded as God's judgment. Septuagint, "The turn of the balance is justice before God." All the weights of the bag are his work. Some have round a difficulty here, because the bag may contain false as well as true weights (Deuteronomy 25:13), and it could not be said that the light weights were the Lord's work. This surely is captious criticism. The maxim merely states that the trader's weights take their origin and authority from God's enactment, from certain eternal principles which he has established. What man's chicanery and fraud make of them does not come into view. (For the law that regulates such matters, see Leviticus 19:35, etc.) That cheating in this respect was not uncommon we learn from the complaints of the prophets, as Micah 6:11. The religious character of the standard weights and measures is shown by the term "shekel of the sanctuary" (Exodus 38:24, and elsewhere continually).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A just weight and balance are the Lord's,.... These are of his devising; what he has put into the heart, of men to contrive and make use of, for the benefit of mankind, for the keeping and maintaining truth and justice in commercial affairs; these are of his appointing, commanding, and approving, Leviticus 19:35;

all the weights of the bag are his work; or, "all the stones" (h); greater or smaller, which were formerly used in weighing, and were kept in a bag for that purpose; these are by the Lord's appointment and order. This may be applied to the Scriptures of truth, which are of God; are the balance of the sanctuary, in which every doctrine is to be weighed and tried; what agrees with them is to be received, and what is found wanting is to be rejected. The Targum is,

"his works, all of them, are weights of truth.''

(h) "lapides", Montanus, Vatablus, Piscator, Mercerus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. are the Lord's … his work—that is, what He has ordered, and hence should be observed by men.

Proverbs 16:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
10A divine decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not err in judgment. 11A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; All the weights of the bag are His concern. 12It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness.…
Cross References
Proverbs 11:1
The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.

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

A just weight and balance are the LORD's: all the weights of the bag are his work.

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

Proverbs 20:10,23 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination …

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

Deuteronomy 25:13-15 You shall not have in your bag divers weights, a great and a small…

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

Hosea 12:7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to oppress.

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

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

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