Verse of the Day: Use Honest Scales

September 9, 2007

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35 ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume. 36 You shall have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Leviticus 19:35-36 (NKJV)

We need to be honest in all of our business and personal dealings. The Bible teaches us to use honest scales. In other words, don’t cheat people by misleading them or lying about the condition of an item. If you’re selling your car and you know the transmission is about to die any minute, make sure you let the buyer know. Not telling them is lying by default. Be honest in all your dealings and transactions. Lying has a tendency to bite you later on.

From the Nelson Study Bible:

Injustice in judgment is injustice in legal transactions (vv.11, 12, 15-18). Injustice…in measurement is one kind of injustice in business transactions. ephah: About five gallons. hin: A little less than a gallon. Once again, the fact that God had brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt is cited as reason to believe He would provide for all of their needs. God had treated the Israelites generously. They could afford to treat each other fairly in their business dealings.

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