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Proverbs 20:10 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Diverse weights, and diverse measures, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Divers weights, [and] divers measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Differing weights and differing measures, Both of them are abominable to the LORD.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Divers weights, [and] divers measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Divers weights, divers measures, even both of them are abomination to Jehovah.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Divers weights, and divers measures, an abomination to Yahweh, are they, both.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah, Even both of them [are] an abomination to Jehovah.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Diverse weights and diverse measures, both are abominable before God.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Diuers weights, [and] diuers measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A large and small weight, and divers measures, are even both of them unclean before the Lord; and [so is] he that makes them.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Divers weights, [and] divers measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to Yahweh.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Divers weights, 68
{0068} Prime
From the root of H1129 through the meaning, to build; a stone.
[and] divers measures, 374
{0374} Prime
Of Egyptian derivation; an ephah or measure for grain; hence a measure in general.
both 8147
{8147} Prime
(The first form being dual of H8145; the second form being feminine); two; also (as ordinal) twofold.
of them [are] alike 1571
{1571} Prime
By contraction from an unused root meaning to gather; properly assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correlation both... and.
abomination 8441
{8441} Prime
Feminine active participle of H8581; properly something disgusting (morally), that is, (as noun) an abhorrence; especially idolatry or (concretely) an idol.
to Yhw יָהוֶה. 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 20:10

_ _ Various measures, implying that some are wrong (compare Proverbs 11:1; Proverbs 16:11).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 20:10

_ _ See here, 1. The various arts of deceiving that men have, all which evils the love of money is the root of. In paying and receiving money, which was then commonly done by the scale, they had divers weights, an under-weight for what they paid and an over-weight for what they received; in delivering out and taking in goods they had divers measures, a scanty measure to sell by and a large measure to buy by. This was done wrong with plot and contrivance, and under colour of doing right. Under these is included all manner of fraud and deceit in commerce and trade. 2. The displeasure of God against them. Whether they be about the money or the goods, in the buyer or in the seller, they are all alike an abomination to the Lord. He will not prosper the trade that is thus driven, nor bless what is thus got. He hates those that thus break the common faith by which justice is maintained, and will be the avenger of all such.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 20:10

Divers — One greater for shew and one lesser for use.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 20:10

Differing weights, [and] differing measures, both of (e) them [are] alike abomination to the LORD.

(e) Read (Proverbs 16:11).

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Divers weights, and divers measures:
Heb. a stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah,
Deuteronomy 25:13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.


Proverbs 20:23 Divers weights [are] an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance [is] not good.
Proverbs 11:1 A false balance [is] abomination to the LORD: but a just weight [is] his delight.
Proverbs 16:11 A just weight and balance [are] the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag [are] his work.
Leviticus 19:35 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.
Deuteronomy 25:13-15 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small. ... [But] thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Amos 8:4-7 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, ... The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.
Micah 6:10-11 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure [that is] abominable? ... Shall I count [them] pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?


Deuteronomy 7:25-26 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold [that is] on them, nor take [it] unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it [is] an abomination to the LORD thy God. ... Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: [but] thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it [is] a cursed thing.
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
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