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Fair dealings, humility, and integrity – On Proverbs 11:1-3

1 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight.

Back in the day when this was written, the market-store owner would often help the buyer weigh something. Some had a way of tampering with the balancing of the scales, and this is the behaviour this proverb is speaking about.

The guilty might think, “But surely the customer didn’t notice! How come Solomon knows my ways?”

Solomon obviously is no fool. The human heart often thinks deception like that is missed. God, however, sees the secret things done in the dark, and disproves greatly of a person getting a profit out of customers without their knowledge.

So how is this applicable for 21st Century money-grabbers* like us?

Have you ever exaggerated the worth of something you are trying to sell? Have you ever not included that cash job done on that long weekend (such a while ago, I can’t remember how much it was) into your taxable income? Are we not guilty of this abomination? God finds it such, and delights, rather, in fair trades. Surely we should too. It’s not so much that the deal is a good one, but that it’s not deceptive and laden with lies. It should be a just weight.

*I’ve made the assumption we all, in general, try to take more than our share.

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2 When pride comes, then comes shame;
But with the humble is wisdom.”

Pride is the biggest stumbling block to us realising our need of a Saviour.
It also is our greatest shame. We often think our estimation of our own abilities is extremely accurate, and anyone else who has a different opinion is just being unappreciative or too critical. Yet so often in our pride we fail to see our inadequacies. We fail to be observant of our weaknesses. We overestimate the reach of our abilities and then are so often disappointed when our efforts end in failure! “Pride comes” and shame follows right alongside it. Pride is shameful, and most of our shame is due to pride. Pride is like a “Shamwow™” (apparently a scam) that doesn’t work like you though it would. Pride makes us feel useful, but makes us useless. 

All this is opposite to humility. One needs to humble himself, or be humbled, before approaching God’s throne. If we are to seek wisdom, we need to be aware we need God’s help, and give up our pride. It is the greatest freedom to let go of pride, I promise you.

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3 The integrity of the upright will guide them,
But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.”

What is integrity? It’s a faithfulness to the truth. The upright is not a hypocrite in this. He remains in the truth whatever the outcome of a situation. And this will keep him steadfast. His guide is his own faithfulness. As long as he remains obedient to God, he will be kept safe on the right path.

Get the truth and stick to it.

What is perversity? A distortion of what is truth. Perversity is a marker of the unfaithful in the world. We hear untruths all the time. People say, “God doesn’t exist.” “He is evil and a bully.” “Apostle Paul was a controlling masochist (I’ve heard this one).” “The Bible is merely written by humans, not inspired by God.” “Truth can be purple, and Heaven can be a paradise owned by Oprah Windfrey (post-modern rubbish).”

These untruths are not just silly – they are dangerous. Truth is important, and if people don’t repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone to receive full payment of their sins, they will be destroyed. Their untruths will not save them, but rather will condemn them. This is serious. It’s happening as I write this. If you have not received God’s gift of salvation, I beg to consider Jesus seriously. Please listen to this talk on Hell’s Best Secret. God bless and amen.

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Thoughts or questions? Write them down in the comment section below!

Are you offended by what I write, or because of God’s Word

If it’s because of my writing, I’m sorry. I can be harsh when talking about truth and lies. Hopefully you realise I am trying to be loving as well. I can’t apologise for God’s Word, though. Hopefully you are convicted and call on Christ to be your Saviour and King. Cheers.

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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