A merchant, in whose hands are (A)false balances,
    he loves (B)to oppress.

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10     Can I forget any longer the treasures[a] of wickedness in the house of the wicked,
    and the scant measure that is accursed?
11 Shall I acquit the man (A)with wicked scales
    and with a bag of deceitful weights?

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  1. Micah 6:10 Or Are there still treasures

saying, “When will (A)the new moon be over,
    that we may sell grain?
And (B)the Sabbath,
    that we may offer wheat for sale,
that we may make (C)the ephah small and the shekel[a] great
    and deal deceitfully with false balances,
that we may buy the poor for (D)silver
    and the needy for a pair of sandals
    and sell the chaff of the wheat?”

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  1. Amos 8:5 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters; a shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams

11 (A)A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
    (B)but a just weight is his delight.

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Behold, (A)the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and (B)the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of (C)the Lord of hosts.

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But (A)those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, (B)into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that (C)plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of (D)all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

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16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make (A)my Father's house a house of trade.”

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“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be (A)a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those (B)who oppress the hired worker in his wages, (C)the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

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21 And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be (A)holy to the Lord of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And (B)there shall no longer be (C)a trader[a] in the house of the Lord of hosts (D)on that day.

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  1. Zechariah 14:21 Or Canaanite

(A)The godly has perished from the earth,
    and (B)there is no one upright among mankind;
(C)they all lie in wait for blood,
    and (D)each hunts the other with a net.

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Rulers and Prophets Denounced

And I said:
(A)Hear, you heads of Jacob
    and rulers of the house of Israel!
(B)Is it not for you to know justice?—
    you (C)who hate the good and love the evil,
(D)who tear the skin from off my people[a]
    and their flesh from off their bones,
(E)who eat the flesh of my people,
    and flay their skin from off them,
and break their bones in pieces
    and chop them up like meat in a pot,
    like flesh in a cauldron.

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  1. Micah 3:2 Hebrew from off them

11 Therefore because you (A)trample on[a] the poor
    and you exact taxes of grain from him,
(B)you have built houses of hewn stone,
    but you shall not dwell in them;
(C)you have planted pleasant vineyards,
    but you shall not drink their wine.

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  1. Amos 5:11 Or you tax

“Hear this word, (A)you cows of Bashan,
    who are (B)on the mountain of Samaria,
(C)who oppress the poor, (D)who crush the needy,
    who say to your husbands, ‘Bring, that we may drink!’

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Proclaim to the strongholds in (A)Ashdod
    and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,
and say, “Assemble yourselves on (B)the mountains of Samaria,
    and see the great tumults within her,
    and (C)the oppressed in her midst.”

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those who trample the head of the poor (A)into the dust of the earth
    and (B)turn aside the way of the afflicted;
(C)a man and his father go in to the same girl,
    so that my holy name is profaned;

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29 The people of the land (A)have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and (B)have extorted from the sojourner without justice.

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and say, Thus says the Lord God to Jerusalem: Your origin and your birth are of the land of the Canaanites; your father was an (A)Amorite and your mother a (B)Hittite.

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(A)And the people will oppress one another,
    every one his fellow
    and every one his neighbor;
the youth will be insolent to the elder,
    and the despised to the honorable.

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11 (A)A just balance and scales are the Lord's;
    all the weights in the bag are his work.

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Here I am; testify against me before the Lord and before (A)his anointed. (B)Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me[a] and I will restore it to you.”

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  1. 1 Samuel 12:3 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks Testify against me

35 (A)“You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. 36 (B)You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin:[a] I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

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  1. Leviticus 19:36 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters; a hin was about 4 quarts or 3.5 liters