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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.

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