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

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

Darby Bible Translation
Divers weights are an abomination unto Jehovah; 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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I will recompense evil - Wait on the Lord; judgment is his, and his judgments are sure. In the mean time pray for the conversion of your enemy.

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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...

Bread and Gravel
'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Sluggard's Reproof
A Sermon (No. 2766) intended for reading on Lord's Day, February 16, 1902 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark on a Thursday Evening, during the Winter of 1859. "The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing." {cold: or, winter}-- Proverbs 20:4. Laziness is the crying sin of Eastern nations. I believe that the peculiar genius of the Anglo-Saxon character prevents our being, as a nation, guilty of that sin. Perhaps
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Tears of the Penitent.
Adversity had taught David self-restraint, had braced his soul, had driven him to grasp firmly the hand of God. And prosperity had seemed for nearly twenty years but to perfect the lessons. Gratitude had followed deliverance, and the sunshine after the rain had brought out the fragrance of devotion and the blossoms of glad songs. A good man, and still more a man of David's age at the date of his great crime, seldom falls so low, unless there has been previous, perhaps unconscious, relaxation of the
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 16.) Differently to be admonished are the slothful and the hasty. For the former are to be persuaded not to lose, by putting it off, the good they have to do; but the latter are to be admonished lest, while they forestall the time of good deeds by inconsiderate haste, they change their meritorious character. To the slothful therefore it is to be intimated, that often, when we will not do at the right time what we can, before long, when we will, we cannot. For the very indolence of
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Cross References
Deuteronomy 25:13
Do not have two differing weights in your bag--one heavy, one light.

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

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

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