Deuteronomy 25:15

Hebrew Bible

13 You must not have in your bag different stone weights, a heavy and a light one. 14 You must not have in your house different measuring containers, a large and a small one. 15 You must have an accurate and correct stone weight and an accurate and correct measuring container, so that your life may be extended in the land the Lord your God is about to give you. 16 For anyone who acts dishonestly in these ways is abhorrent to the Lord your God. 17 Remember what the Amalekites did to you on your way from Egypt,

Proverbs 11:1

Hebrew Bible

1 The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but an accurate weight is his delight. 2 After pride came, disgrace followed; but wisdom came with humility. 3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

 Notes and References

"... Honesty Is Yahweh’s Policy, 11:1-2 ... The opening saying reminds readers of both prophetic and legal texts that express a desire for honest transactions in the marketplace. The eighth-century prophet Micah, as one example, condemned evil balances (e.g., 6:11), and such views were later legislated in the Josianic reforms (e.g., Deuteronomy 25:15). The saying is revisited in various forms throughout the entire collection of proverbs (e.g., 16:11; 20:10, 23). The symbolism of a balance may be expanded for the modern reader. The use of a balance in the afterlife to determine one’s final fate was common in Egyptian mythology. That this verse should open several collections of sayings on the fates of the righteous and the wicked is therefore doubly appropriate. (Balances in the Egyptian Book of the Dead) Verse 2, however, stands on its own and does not share any thematic, semantic, or syntactic similarity with the immediate context. Nevertheless, it articulates a familiar adage, colloquially expressed as “pride goes before a fall” (compare 15:33; 16:18; 18:12) ..."

Horne, Milton P. The Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary: Proverbs-Ecclesiastes (p. 154) Smyth & Helwys, 2003

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