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Chapter 11

False scales are an abomination to the Lord,
    but an honest weight, his delight.[a](A)
When pride comes, disgrace comes;
    but with the humble is wisdom.[b]
The honesty of the upright guides them;
    the faithless are ruined by their duplicity.

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Footnotes

  1. 11:1 The word pair “abomination” and “delight” (= acceptable) to God is common in Proverbs. Originally the language of ritual, the words came to be applied to whatever pleases or displeases God (cf. also 11:20). False weights were a constant problem even though weights were standardized. Cf. 20:23; Hos 12:8; Am 8:5.
  2. 11:2 Disgrace is the very opposite of what the proud so ardently want. Those who do not demand their due receive wisdom.

11 The Lord detests dishonest scales,(A)
    but accurate weights find favor with him.(B)

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,(C)
    but with humility comes wisdom.(D)

The integrity of the upright guides them,
    but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.(E)

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