209. Weights

Deuteronomy 25:13; Proverbs 11:1; Proverbs 16:11; Proverbs 20:10; Micah 6:11  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 9
1. The marginal reading for “divers weights” is “a stone and a stone,” which is a literal rendering of the Hebrew. See also Proverbs 11:1; 16:111A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight. (Proverbs 11:1)
11A just weight and balance are the Lord's: all the weights of the bag are his work. (Proverbs 16:11)
. Weights were no doubt originally made of different-sized stones, from which fact eben, a stone, was used to signify a weight, even after other materials were used for weights. We have the word “stone” in our own language to denote a weight of a certain size, and the Germans use the corresponding word stein for a similar purpose.
2. Oriental peddlers still have, as in ancient times, two sets of weights, one for buying and the other for selling. Allusion is made to this species of dishonesty in Proverbs 20:1010Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord. (Proverbs 20:10) and in Micah 6:1111Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? (Micah 6:11).