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Proverbs 11:1 & meaning...

false balance is an abomination to Yahweh, but accurate weights are his delight.

Proverbs 11:1


Proverbs 10 [30.] The righteous will never be removed,

    but the wicked will not dwell in the land.

The mouth of the righteous produces wisdom,

    but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,

    but the mouth of the wicked is perverse. 

Proverbs 11 [1.] A false balance is an abomination to Yahweh,

    but accurate weights are his delight.

When pride comes, then comes shame,

    but with humility comes wisdom.

The integrity of the upright shall guide them,

    but the perverseness of the treacherous shall destroy them.

Riches don’t profit in the day of wrath,

    but righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 11 [5.] The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way,

    but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.


At its core, Proverbs 11:1 addresses the importance of honesty, fairness, and integrity in our dealings with others. The imagery of a "false balance" refers to dishonesty and deception in business transactions, where someone deliberately manipulates the scales to cheat others. In contrast, "accurate weights" represent fairness, honesty, and integrity in all aspects of life.

The significance of this verse lies in its recognition of God's perspective on matters of honesty and integrity. It emphasizes that God detests dishonesty and injustice, viewing them as an abomination. In contrast, God delights in honesty, fairness, and integrity, as they reflect His own character and values.

Cross-referencing with other passages in Scripture, we find similar teachings on the importance of integrity and righteousness. Proverbs 16:11 declares, "Honest scales and balances are from Yahweh; all the weights in the bag are his work." This verse reinforces the idea that honesty and fairness are attributes that reflect God's character and will.

Furthermore, in Micah 6:8, we read, "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does Yahweh require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." This passage underscores the importance of justice, mercy, and humility in our lives as followers of God.

As we reflect on Proverbs 11:1, we are reminded of the vital role that integrity plays in our relationships, both with God and with others. It challenges us to examine our own hearts and actions, ensuring that we are conducting ourselves with honesty and integrity in all areas of our lives.

In our personal lives, Proverbs 11:1 prompts us to cultivate a commitment to honesty and fairness in our interactions with others. It calls us to be people of integrity, whose words and actions can be trusted by those around us. Ultimately, it reminds us that our integrity is not just a matter of personal character but also reflects our relationship with God.

In summary, Proverbs 11:1 serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of integrity and righteousness in the eyes of God. It challenges us to strive for honesty and fairness in all our dealings, knowing that our integrity brings delight to the Lord. May we seek to walk in integrity and righteousness, reflecting the character of our faithful and just God.

PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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