April 11, 2022 READING A PROVERB A DAY ( PROVERBS 11) Proverbs 11:1 “Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight” John Hagee “God’s truth is not on a sliding scale; His values never change. What He considered sin in the Garden of Eden is still sin today”

John Hagee Devotional 5th October 2020 Today’s Message

Scripture: Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight – Proverbs 11:1

God detests dishonest scales; they cause rage and disgust to burn within Him. Why?

Dishonest scales give privilege to some and abuse others when “the Lord is the Maker of us all” (Proverbs 22:2). They appear balanced, but someone has manipulated the dial to give them the appearance of a truth they do not possess.

We must use scales of truth, but whose truth? Whose scales will give every person a fair assessment? God’s truth is not on a sliding scale; His values never change. What He considered sin in the Garden of Eden is still sin today.

The weight required to balance the scales of unrighteousness has not changed. The measure of its cost has not changed; the wages of sin is still death. Sin and death hang in the balance, and the weight remains the same: without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22).

The scales that bring balance to our lives must be large enough to manage the weight of the issues of our day. The scales must be accurate enough to ensure that every person, tribe, tongue, culture, and nation are treated and valued equally. They must be true enough to withstand the deception and corruption of our society – of a culture that bends, stretches, and buries the truth. A just weight is the delight of the Lord.

Today’s Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Give thanks for the blood of Christ that has justified you and brought balance to your life!

Proverbs 11New Living Translation

11 The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales,
    but he delights in accurate weights.

Pride leads to disgrace,
    but with humility comes wisdom.

Honesty guides good people;
    dishonesty destroys treacherous people.

Riches won’t help on the day of judgment,
    but right living can save you from death.

The godly are directed by honesty;
    the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.

The godliness of good people rescues them;
    the ambition of treacherous people traps them.

When the wicked die, their hopes die with them,
    for they rely on their own feeble strength.

The godly are rescued from trouble,
    and it falls on the wicked instead.

With their words, the godless destroy their friends,
    but knowledge will rescue the righteous.

10 The whole city celebrates when the godly succeed;
    they shout for joy when the wicked die.

11 Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper,
    but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.

12 It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbor;
    a sensible person keeps quiet.

13 A gossip goes around telling secrets,
    but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.

14 Without wise leadership, a nation falls;
    there is safety in having many advisers.

15 There’s danger in putting up security for a stranger’s debt;
    it’s safer not to guarantee another person’s debt.

16 A gracious woman gains respect,
    but ruthless men gain only wealth.

17 Your kindness will reward you,
    but your cruelty will destroy you.

18 Evil people get rich for the moment,
    but the reward of the godly will last.

19 Godly people find life;
    evil people find death.

20 The Lord detests people with crooked hearts,
    but he delights in those with integrity.

21 Evil people will surely be punished,
    but the children of the godly will go free.

22 A beautiful woman who lacks discretion
    is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.

23 The godly can look forward to a reward,
    while the wicked can expect only judgment.

24 Give freely and become more wealthy;
    be stingy and lose everything.

25 The generous will prosper;
    those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

26 People curse those who hoard their grain,
    but they bless the one who sells in time of need.

27 If you search for good, you will find favor;
    but if you search for evil, it will find you!

28 Trust in your money and down you go!
    But the godly flourish like leaves in spring.

29 Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind.
    The fool will be a servant to the wise.

30 The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life;
    a wise person wins friends.[a]

31 If the righteous are rewarded here on earth,
    what will happen to wicked sinners?[b]

Proverbs 11 New Living Translation

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