“A cunning [a]Canaanite!
(A)Deceitful scales are in his hand;
He loves to oppress.

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  1. Hosea 12:7 Or merchant

10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness
In the house of the wicked,
And the short measure that is an abomination?
11 Shall I count pure those with (A)the wicked scales,
And with the bag of deceitful weights?

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Saying:

“When will the New Moon be past,
That we may sell grain?
And (A)the Sabbath,
That we may [a]trade wheat?
(B)Making the ephah small and the shekel large,
Falsifying the scales by (C)deceit,
That we may buy the poor for (D)silver,
And the needy for a pair of sandals—
Even sell the bad wheat?”

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  1. Amos 8:5 Lit. open

The Folly of Wickedness

11 (A)Dishonest[a] scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a [b]just weight is His delight.

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  1. Proverbs 11:1 deceptive
  2. Proverbs 11:1 Lit. perfect stone

Indeed (A)the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and (B)the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of [a]Sabaoth.

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  1. James 5:4 Lit., in Heb., Hosts

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

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16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make (A)My Father’s house a house of merchandise!”

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And I will come near you for judgment;
I will be a swift witness
Against sorcerers,
Against adulterers,
(A)Against perjurers,
Against those who (B)exploit wage earners and (C)widows and orphans,
And against those who turn away an alien—
Because they do not fear Me,”
Says the Lord of hosts.

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21 Yes, [a]every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the Lord of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a (A)Canaanite (B)in the house of the Lord of hosts.

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  1. Zechariah 14:21 Or on every pot . . . shall be engraved “HOLINESS TO THE LORD OF HOSTS”

The (A)faithful[a] man has perished from the earth,
And there is no one upright among men.
They all lie in wait for blood;
(B)Every man hunts his brother with a net.

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  1. Micah 7:2 Or loyal

Wicked Rulers and Prophets

And I said:

“Hear now, O heads of Jacob,
And you (A)rulers of the house of Israel:
(B)Is it not for you to know justice?
You who hate good and love evil;
Who strip the skin from [a]My people,
And the flesh from their bones;
Who also (C)eat the flesh of My people,
Flay their skin from them,
Break their bones,
And chop them in pieces
Like meat for the pot,
(D)Like flesh in the caldron.”

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  1. Micah 3:2 Lit. them

11 (A)Therefore, because you [a]tread down the poor
And take grain [b]taxes from him,
Though (B)you have built houses of hewn stone,
Yet you shall not dwell in them;
You have planted [c]pleasant vineyards,
But you shall not drink wine from them.

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  1. Amos 5:11 trample
  2. Amos 5:11 Or tribute
  3. Amos 5:11 desirable

God’s Punishments Have Not Reformed Israel

Hear this word, you (A)cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria,
Who oppress the (B)poor,
Who crush the needy,
Who say to [a]your husbands, “Bring wine, let us (C)drink!”

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  1. Amos 4:1 Lit. their masters or lords

Punishment of Israel’s Sins

“Proclaim in the palaces at [a]Ashdod,
And in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say:
‘Assemble on the mountains of Samaria;
See great tumults in her midst,
And the [b]oppressed within her.

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  1. Amos 3:9 So with MT; LXX Assyria
  2. Amos 3:9 Or oppression

They [a]pant after the dust of the earth which is on the head of the poor,
And (A)pervert the way of the humble.
(B)A man and his father go in to the same girl,
(C)To defile My holy name.

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  1. Amos 2:7 Or trample on

29 The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully (A)oppress the stranger.

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and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God to Jerusalem: “Your [a]birth (A)and your nativity are from the land of Canaan; (B)your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.

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  1. Ezekiel 16:3 origin and your birth

The people will be oppressed,
Every one by another and every one by his neighbor;
The child will be insolent toward the [a]elder,
And the [b]base toward the honorable.”

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  1. Isaiah 3:5 aged
  2. Isaiah 3:5 despised, lightly esteemed

11 (A)Honest weights and scales are the Lord’s;
All the weights in the bag are His [a]work.

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  1. Proverbs 16:11 concern

Here I am. Witness 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 cheated? Whom have I oppressed, or from whose hand have I received any (C)bribe with which to (D)blind my eyes? I will restore it to you.”

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35 ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume. 36 You shall have (A)honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

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