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

New Living Translation
How can I tolerate your merchants who use dishonest scales and weights?

English Standard Version
Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales and with a bag of deceitful weights?

Berean Study Bible
Can I excuse dishonest scales or bags of false weights?

New American Standard Bible
"Can I justify wicked scales And a bag of deceptive weights?

King James Bible
Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

Christian Standard Bible
Can I excuse wicked scales or bags of deceptive weights?

Contemporary English Version
But I, the LORD, will punish you for cheating with weights and with measures.

Good News Translation
How can I forgive those who use false scales and weights?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can I excuse wicked scales or bags of deceptive weights?

International Standard Version
Will I tolerate those who maintain deceptive standards and who use deceitful weights in their business?

NET Bible
I do not condone the use of rigged scales, or a bag of deceptive weights.

New Heart English Bible
Shall I be pure with dishonest scales, and with a bag of deceitful weights?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I cannot tolerate dishonest scales and bags filled with inaccurate weights.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall I be pure with wicked balances, And with a bag of deceitful weights?'

New American Standard 1977
“Can I justify wicked scales And a bag of deceptive weights?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Can I be pure with false balances and with a bag of deceitful weights?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall I count those pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

American King James Version
Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

American Standard Version
Shall I be pure with wicked balances, and with a bag of deceitful weights?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Shall the wicked be justified by the balanced, or deceitful weights in the bag,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall I justify wicked balances, and the deceitful weights of the bag?

Darby Bible Translation
Shall I be pure with the unjust balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

English Revised Version
Shall I be pure with wicked balances, and with a bag of deceitful weights?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

World English Bible
Shall I be pure with dishonest scales, and with a bag of deceitful weights?

Young's Literal Translation
Do I reckon it pure with balances of wickedness? And with a bag of deceitful stones?
Study Bible
The Punishment of Israel
10Can I forget any longer, O house of the wicked, the treasures of wickedness and the short ephah, which is accursed? 11Can I excuse dishonest scales or bags of false weights? 12For the wealthy of the city are full of violence, and its residents speak lies; their tongues are deceitful in their mouths.…
Cross References
Leviticus 19:36
You shall maintain honest scales and weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 25:13
You shall not have two differing weights in your bag, one heavy and one light.

Proverbs 11:1
Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, but an accurate weight is His delight.

Ezekiel 45:10
You must use honest scales, a just ephah, and a just bath.

Hosea 12:7
A merchant loves to defraud with dishonest scales in his hands.

Amos 8:5
asking, "When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain? When will the Sabbath end, that we may market wheat? Let us reduce the ephah and increase the shekel; let us cheat with dishonest scales.

Zechariah 5:8
"This is Wickedness," he said. And he shoved her down into the basket, pushing down the lead cover over its opening.

Treasury of Scripture

Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

count them pure.

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

the bag.

Proverbs 16:11
A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.







Lexicon
Can I excuse
הַאֶזְכֶּ֖ה (ha·’ez·keh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2135: To be translucent, to be innocent

dishonest
רֶ֑שַׁע (re·ša‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7562: Wickedness

scales
בְּמֹ֣אזְנֵי (bə·mō·zə·nê)
Preposition-b | Noun - mdc
Strong's Hebrew 3976: A pair of scales

or bags
וּבְכִ֖יס (ū·ḇə·ḵîs)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3599: A cup, a bag for, money, weights

of false
מִרְמָֽה׃ (mir·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4820: Deceit, treachery

weights?
אַבְנֵ֥י (’aḇ·nê)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 68: A stone
(11) Shall I count them pure?--Rather, Can I be innocent with the deceitful balances? The enactments about weights were very stringently expressed in the Law, both affirmatively and negatively: e.g., in Leviticus 19:35-36, "Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure. Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have." And, "thou shalt not have in thy house divers weights," . . . and "divers measures, a great and small" (Deuteronomy 25:13-14).

Verse 11. - Shall I count them pure? literally, Shall I be pure? The clause is obscure. The Authorized Version regards the speaker as the same as in ver. 10, and translates with some violence to the text. It may be that the prophet speaks as the representative of the awakened transgressor, "Can I be guiltless with such deceit about me?" But the sudden change of personification and of state of feeling is very harsh. Hence some follow Jerome in regarding God as the speaker, and rendering, "Shall I justify the wicked balance?" others, the Septuagint, Syriac, and Chaldee, Αἰ δικαιωθήσεται ἐν ζυγῷ ἄνομος; "Shall the wicked be justified by the balance?" Cheyne is inclined to read the verb in the second person, "Canst thou (O Jerusalem) be pure?" since in the next verse the prophet proceeds, "the rich men thereof" (i.e. of Jerusalem). If we retain the present reading, "Can I be innocent?" we must consider the question as put, for effect's sake, in the mouth of one of the rich oppressors. Jerome's translation is contrary to the use of the verb, which is always intransitive in kal. 6:9-16 God, having showed how necessary it was that they should do justly, here shows how plain it was that they had done unjustly. This voice of the Lord says to all, Hear the rod when it is coming, before you see it, and feel it. Hear the rod when it is come, and you are sensible of the smart; hear what counsels, what cautions it speaks. The voice of God is to be heard in the rod of God. Those who are dishonest in their dealings shall never be reckoned pure, whatever shows of devotion they may make. What is got by fraud and oppression, cannot be kept or enjoyed with satisfaction. What we hold closest we commonly lose soonest. Sin is a root of bitterness, soon planted, but not soon plucked up again. Their being the people of God in name and profession, while they kept themselves in his love, was an honour to them; but now, being backsliders, their having been once the people of God turns to their reproach.
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