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Proverb 11:1


Dear Brother Ron

Please help me understand this verse-Proverb 11:1 "The LORD abhors dishonest scales,
but accurate weights are his delight."

What this passage mean to a biblical audience? What are differences between us and the biblical audience? Does a passage in New Testament teaching qualify or modifiy this principle, and if so, how? How should individual of us, Christians, apply this modified principle in our lives?

Newbelie

Dear Newbelie

It means God wants us to deal fairly and honestly with each other. For centuries, merchants have been using scales structured to provide an unfair profit to the merchant. The verse tells us this is not how God wants us to deal with each other.

The modern audience might also interpret this to mean that when those trying to persuade us to a certain course of action present the advantages and disadvantages of this course of action, they should present all aspects fairly so the prospect can make an informed decision which will yield the desired benefits to both parties.

The closest New Testament reference I was able to find is Hebrews 13:18. "Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly". Again, we see the desire of God for us to avoid deceit, either in our dealings with other or our evaluation of our own worth.

We should apply this principle to deal fairly with others and avoid inaccuracies in our commerce or our relations with each other.

Hope this helps.

Best always
Brother Ron