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Proverbs 11:1

    Proverbs 11:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah; But a just weight is his delight.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Scales of deceit are hated by the Lord, but a true weight is his delight.

    Webster's Revision

    A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah; But a just weight is his delight.

    World English Bible

    A false balance is an abomination to Yahweh, but accurate weights are his delight.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A FALSE balance is an abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 11:1

    A false balance is abomination - This refers to the balance itself deceitfully constructed, so that it is sooner turned at one end than at the other. This is occasioned by one end of the beam being longer than the other.

    But a just weight - אבן שלמה eben shelemah, the perfect stone probably because weights were first made of stone; see the law, Deuteronomy 25:13-16 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 11:1

    This emphatic reproduction of the old rule of Deuteronomy 25:13-14 is perhaps a trace of the danger of dishonesty incidental to the growing commerce of the Israelites. The stress laid upon the same sin in Proverbs 16:11; Proverbs 20:10; bears witness to the desire of the teacher to educate the youth of Israel to a high standard of integrity, just as the protest of Hosea against it Hosea 12:7 shows the zeal of the prophet in rebuking what was becoming more and more a besetting sin.

    A just weight - literally, as in the margin, indicating a time when stones rather than metal were used as a standard of weight. Compare Deuteronomy 25:13.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 11:1

    11:1 A false balance - The use of all false weights and measures in commerce.