Proverbs 11:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

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

Proverbs 11:1, ESV: "A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight."

Proverbs 11:1, KJV: "A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight."

Proverbs 11:1, NASB: "A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight."

Proverbs 11:1, NLT: "The LORD detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights."

Proverbs 11:1, CSB: "Dishonest scales are detestable to the Lord, but an accurate weight is his delight."

What does Proverbs 11:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God has a strong displeasure for dishonest business dealings; He approves of those who are honest in their professions. Amos 8:5 quotes crooked businessmen as looking forward to the end of religious holidays so they can pursue their crooked business practices. They ask: "When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great and deal deceitfully with false balances?"

In Solomon's time, scales were used in the transaction of business, and stones were placed in the balances to weigh what was sold or purchased. Dishonest businessmen would use light stones when selling and heavier stones when buying to determine the cost of a product. Today, an equivalent might be dishonest scales in a butcher's shop or rigged pumps at a gas station. Spiritually speaking, any deliberate act to "take advantage" of others would fall into the same category. Dishonest business practices do not escape the Lord's attention.