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

New Living Translation
The LORD detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.

English Standard Version
Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good.

New American Standard Bible
Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD, And a false scale is not good.

King James Bible
Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Differing weights are detestable to the LORD, and dishonest scales are unfair.

International Standard Version
The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales are not good.

NET Bible
The LORD abhors differing weights, and dishonest scales are wicked.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales are not pleasing.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Discrepant weights are defiled before Lord Jehovah and deceitful scales are not good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A double standard of weights is disgusting to the LORD, and dishonest scales are no good.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Divers weights are an abomination to the LORD; And a false balance is not good.

New American Standard 1977
Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD,
            And a false scale is not good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Double weights are an abomination unto the LORD, and a false balance is not good.

King James 2000 Bible
Diverse weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.

American King James Version
Divers weights are an abomination to the LORD; and a false balance is not good.

American Standard Version
Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah; And a false balance is not good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Diverse weights are an abomination before the Lord: a deceitful balance is not good.

Darby Bible Translation
Divers weights are an abomination unto Jehovah; and a false balance is not good.

English Revised Version
Divers weights are an abomination to the LORD; and a false balance is not good.

Webster's Bible Translation
Divers weights are an abomination to the LORD; and a false balance is not good.

World English Bible
Yahweh detests differing weights, and dishonest scales are not pleasing.

Young's Literal Translation
An abomination to Jehovah are a stone and a stone, And balances of deceit are not good.
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
22Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you. 23Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD, And a false scale is not good. 24Man's steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 25:13
"You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small.

Proverbs 11:1
A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.

Proverbs 20:10
Differing weights and differing measures, Both of them are abominable to the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Divers weights are an abomination to the LORD; and a false balance is not good.

weights

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

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

a false balance

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 …

Verse 23 - This is a repetition, with a slight variation, of ver. 10 and Proverbs 11:1 (where see notes). Is not good. A litotes, equivalent to "is very evil," answering to "abomination" in the first member. Septuagint, "is not good before him" (comp. Proverbs 24:23). Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord,.... See Gill on Proverbs 20:10; which is here repeated for the further confirmation of it, and that it might be taken notice of and avoided; and perhaps this sin of using false weights and measures was common with the Jews;

and a false balance is not good; in the sight of God; but an abomination, as in Proverbs 11:1; nor is it good for men in the issue; for though they may gain by it at present, it will prove a loss to them in the end, since it will bring a curse on all they get. 23. (Compare Pr 20:10; 11:1).20:23. A bargain made by fraud will prove a losing bargain in the end. 24. How can we form plans, and conduct business, independently of the Lord? 25. The evasions men often use with their own consciences show how false and deceitful man is. 26. Justice should crush the wicked, and separate them from the virtuous. 27. The rational soul and conscience are as a lamp within us, which should be used in examining our dispositions and motives with the revealed will of God. 28. Mercy and truth are the glories of God's throne. 29. Both young and old have their advantages; and let neither despise or envy the other.
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