Proverbs 11:1

1 1A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, 2but a just weight is his delight.

Proverbs 11:1 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 11:1

A false balance [is] abomination to the Lord
Under which are included all false weights and measures, and all fraudulent practices in commerce and dealing; which are forbidden by the Lord, and are abominable to him, as being injurious to the estates and properties of men: and more especially must be abominable in professors of religion, as being contrary to the grace of God; for though there may be common honesty where there is not the grace of God, yet there cannot be the true grace of God where there is not honesty; for the grace of God teaches to deny all such worldly lusts; but a just weight [is] his delight;
or a "perfect stone" F3; the ancient practice being to make use of stones for weights; Now to give just weight, and also just measure, and to do justly in all civil dealings with men, is what God requires, and is well pleasing in his sight F4; see ( Leviticus 19:35 Leviticus 19:36 ) . This may be understood of balances and weights in religious affairs; the balance of the sanctuary is the word of God, with which all doctrines are to be weighed, and, if found wanting, they are to be rejected; this is agreeable to the will of God: false balances are abominable to him; such as carnal reason, vain philosophy, and the traditions of men, used by antichrist and his followers; the harlot, described in some preceding chapters, opposed to Wisdom or Christ, who directs to the search of the Scriptures, and the use of them to try doctrines by, ( John 5:39 ) ; see ( Acts 17:11 ) ( 1 John 4:1 ) .


F3 (hmlv Nba) "lapsis perfectus", Montanus, Gejerus.
F4 (metra nemein ta dikaia) Phocylid. Poem. Admon. v. 12, 13.

Proverbs 11:1 In-Context

1 A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Proverbs 16:11; Proverbs 20:10, 23; See Leviticus 19:35, 36
  • 2. [Proverbs 12:22]
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