Proverbs 20:10

10 1Unequal[a] weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the LORD.

Proverbs 20:10 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 20:10

Divers weights, [and] divers measures
Or, "a stone and a stone, and an ephah and an ephah" F4. Stones being in old time used in weighing, and an "ephah" was a common measure among the Jews; and these ought not to be different; one stone or weight for buying, and another for selling; and one measure to buy goods in with, and another to sell out with; the one too heavy, the other too light; the one too large, and the other too scanty; whereby justice is not done between man and man; whereas they ought to be just and equal, ( Leviticus 19:35 Leviticus 19:36 ) ; both of them [are] alike abomination to the Lord;
who loves righteousness and hates iniquity, and requires of men to do justly; and abhors every act of injustice, and whatever is detrimental to men's properties; see ( Proverbs 11:1 ) ( 16:11 ) .


F4 So Montanus, Schulteus.

Proverbs 20:10 In-Context

8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, "I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin"?
10 Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the LORD.
11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver. 23; See Proverbs 11:1

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or Two kinds of; also verse 23
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