Proverbs 20:23
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English Standard Version
Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good.

King James Bible
Divers weights are an abomination unto 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.

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.

Proverbs 20:23 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

17 Sweet to a man is the bread of deceit;

     Yet at last his mouth is full of gravel.

"Bread of deceit" is not deceit itself, as that after which the desire of a man goes forth, and that for which he has a relish (thus, e.g., Immanuel and Hitzig); but that which is not gained by labour, and is not merited. Possession (vid., Proverbs 4:17) or enjoyment (Proverbs 9:17) obtained by deceit is thus called, as לחם כּזבים, Proverbs 23:3, denotes bread; but for him who has a relish for it, it is connected with deceit. Such bread of lies is sweet to a man, because it has come to him without effort, but in the end not only will he have nothing to eat, but his tongue, teeth, and mouth will be injured by small stones; i.e., in the end he will have nothing, and there will remain to him only evil (Fleischer). Or: it changes itself (Job 20:14) at last into gravel, of which his mouth is filled full, as we might say, "it lies at last in his stomach like lead." חצץ is the Arab. ḥaṭny, gravel (Hitzig, grien equals gries, coarse sand, grit), R. חץ, scindere. Similarly in Arab. ḥajar, a stone, is used as the image of disappointed expectations, e.g., the adulterer finds a stone, i.e., experiences disappointment.

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weights

Proverbs 20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.

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 the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 25:13
"You shall not have in your bag two kinds of 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
Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the LORD.

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