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Proverbs 20:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah; And a false balance is not good.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Divers weights [are] an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance [is] not good.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD, And a false scale is not good.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Divers weights [are] an abomination to the LORD; and a false balance [is] not good.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Divers weights are an abomination unto Jehovah; and a false balance is not good.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— An abomination to Yahweh, are divers weights, and, deceptive balances, are not good.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— An abomination to Jehovah [are] a stone and a stone, And balances of deceit [are] not good.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Diverse weights are an abomination before the Lord: a deceitful balance is not good.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Diuers waights [are] an abomination vnto the LORD: and a false ballance [is] not good.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A double weight is an abomination to the Lord; and a deceitful balance is not good in his sight.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Divers weights [are] an abomination unto Yahweh; and a false balance [is] not good.

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.
[are] an 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.
unto Yhw יָהוֶה; 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
and a false 4820
{4820} Prime
From H7411 in the sense of deceiving; fraud.
balance 3976
{3976} Prime
From H0239; (only in the dual) a pair of scales.
[is] not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
good. 2896
{2896} Prime
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 20:23

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 20:10; Proverbs 11:1).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 20:23

_ _ This is to the same purport with what was said Proverbs 20:20. 1. It is here repeated, because it is a sin that God doubly hates (as lying, which is of the same nature with this sin, is mentioned twice among the seven things that God hates, Proverbs 6:17, Proverbs 6:19), and because it was probably a sin very much practised at that time in Israel, and therefore made light of as if there were no harm in it, under pretence that, being commonly used, there was no trading without it. 2. It is here added, A false balance is not good, to intimate that it is not only abominable to God, but unprofitable to the sinner himself; there is really no good to be got by it, no, not a good bargain, for a bargain made by fraud will prove a losing bargain in the end.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 20:10 Divers weights, [and] divers measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD.
Ezekiel 45:10 Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath.

a false balance:
Heb. balances of deceit,
Hosea 12:7 [He is] a merchant, the balances of deceit [are] in his hand: he loveth to oppress.
Amos 8:5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?
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