Proverbs 20:23

23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.

Proverbs 20:23 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
English Standard Version (ESV)
23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good.
New Living Translation (NLT)
23 The LORD detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.
The Message Bible (MSG)
23 God hates cheating in the marketplace; rigged scales are an outrage.
American Standard Version (ASV)
23 Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah; And a false balance is not good.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
23 A double standard of weights is disgusting to the LORD, and dishonest scales are no good.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
23 Differing weights are detestable to the Lord, and dishonest scales are unfair.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
23 The LORD hates weights that weigh things heavier or lighter than they really are. Scales that are not honest don't please him.

Proverbs 20:23 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 20:23

Divers weights [are] an abomination unto the Lord
(See Gill on Proverbs 20:10); which is here repeated for the further confirmation of it, and that it might be taken notice of and avoided; and perhaps this sin of using false weights and measures was common with the Jews; and a false balance [is] not good;
in the sight of God; but an abomination, as in ( Proverbs 11:1 ) ; nor is it good for men in the issue; for though they may gain by it at present, it will prove a loss to them in the end, since it will bring a curse on all they get.

Proverbs 20:23 In-Context

21 An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.
23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?
25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S ver 10; S Deuteronomy 25:13
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