Proverbs 20:23
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.

Berean Study Bible
Unequal weights are detestable to the LORD, and dishonest scales are no 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
The LORD hates dishonest scales and dishonest weights. So don't cheat!

Good News Translation
The LORD hates people who use dishonest scales and weights.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A double weight is an abomination to the Lord; and a deceitful balance is not good in his sight.

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 avenge this evil!” Wait on the LORD, and He will deliver you. 23Unequal weights are detestable to the LORD, and dishonest scales are no good. 24A man’s steps are from the LORD, so how can anyone understand his own way?…
Cross References
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.

Proverbs 20:10
Differing weights and unequal measures--both are detestable 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 to the LORD.

Ezekiel 45:10
Ye 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 loveth 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, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?







Lexicon
Unequal weights
אֶ֣בֶן (’e·ḇen)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 68: A stone

are detestable
תּוֹעֲבַ֣ת (tō·w·‘ă·ḇaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8441: Something disgusting, an abhorrence, idolatry, an idol

to the LORD,
יְ֭הוָה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

and dishonest
מִרְמָ֣ה (mir·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4820: Deceit, treachery

scales
וּמֹאזְנֵ֖י (ū·mō·zə·nê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - mdc
Strong's Hebrew 3976: A pair of scales

are no
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

good.
טֽוֹב׃ (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good
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). 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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