Proverbs 16:11

ESV A just balance and scales are the LORD’s; all the weights in the bag are his work.
NIV Honest scales and balances belong to the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
NASB A just balance and scales belong to the Lord; All the weights of the bag are His concern.
CSB Honest balances and scales are the Lord's; all the weights in the bag are his concern.
NLT The Lord demands accurate scales and balances; he sets the standards for fairness.
KJV A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.

What does Proverbs 16:11 mean?

The Lord is just in all His ways (Psalm 119:137). He expects fairness and honesty in business transactions (Proverbs 11:1). To cheat by tampering with balances and scales offends Him and transgresses the commandment, "You shall not steal" (Exodus 20:15). It is unloving to our neighbors (John 13:34–35; 1 John 4:7–12). In literal terms, weights and balances are connected to business transactions and money. Symbolically, the scale also represents impartial, fair judgment.

Weights and measures are often regulated by the government. This proverb reminds us that such things are part of God's expectations for honesty in leadership (Proverbs 16:10). To tamper with weights and measures—to cheat someone by deceiving them about such things—is an offense not only against the king but also against the Lord. Modern laws against fraud and dishonest scales reflect those moral principles. And yet, many dishonest practices still occur. We should honor the Lord in every business dealing by being fair and honest. The Lord who sees all (Hebrews 4:13) looks upon the heart, revealing hidden motives others might miss (1 Samuel 16:7).
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