Proverbs 11:1

An Exposition of the Book of Proverbs
Charles Bridges

"Dishonest scales are an abomination to Yahweh,
but a just weight is His delight."

How valuable is the Book of God in its minute detail of principles for everyday conduct! Commerce is a Providential appointment for our social intercourse and mutual helpfulness. It is grounded with men upon human faith, as with God upon Divine faith. Scales, weights, and money are its necessary materials. Impositions, double-dealings, and the hard bargain struck with self-complacent shrewdness are the dishonest scales forbidden alike by the law and the gospel. Men may "commend its wisdom" (Luke 16:8), but God not only forbids it, he abominates it. The just weight often passes unnoticed, but it is precious in the sight of God. It is his delight, a testimony infinitely above all human praise!

We must not put away this proverb as a mere moral maxim. It was given as a warning to a flourishing Christian Church (1 Thess. 4:6), and the sin here reprobated has been a leprous spot upon many a highly gifted professor. Is it not a solemn thought that the eye of God marks all our common dealings of life either as an abomination or a delight? Have we never found, when upon our knees, the frown of God upon some breach in our daily walk? Look and see whether the conscience has been void of offense toward man. "The righteous Lord loves righteousness; his countenance does behold the upright" (Ps. 11:7). They, and they only, shall dwell in his presence.

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