Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

A merchant, in whose hands are false balances,
He loves to oppress.

King James Version

He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.

Holman Bible

A merchant loves to extort
with dishonest scales in his hands.

International Standard Version

"Now as for the merchant, deceitful balances remain in his hand, and he loves to defraud.

A Conservative Version

[He is] a Canaanite. The balances of deceit are in his hand. He loves to oppress.

American Standard Version

He is a trafficker, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.


A merchant, in whose hand are false and fraudulent balances;
He loves to oppress and exploit.

Bible in Basic English

As for Canaan, the scales of deceit are in his hands; he takes pleasure in twisted ways.

Darby Translation

He is a merchant, balances of deceit are in his hand; he loveth to oppress.

Julia Smith Translation

Canaan in his hand, the balances of deceit: he loved to oppress.

King James 2000

He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to oppress.

Lexham Expanded Bible

[The] trader, in his hand [are] scales of deceit; he loves to oppress.

Modern King James verseion

He is a merchant; the scales of deceit are in his hand; he loves to oppress.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

But the merchant hath a false weight in his hand, he hath a pleasure to occupy extortion.

NET Bible

The businessmen love to cheat; they use dishonest scales.

New Heart English Bible

A merchant has dishonest scales in his hand. He loves to defraud.

The Emphasized Bible

A trafficker! in his hand, are balances of deceit, to oppress, he loveth.


He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.

World English Bible

A merchant has dishonest scales in his hand. He loves to defraud.

Youngs Literal Translation

Canaan! in his hand are balances of deceit! To oppress he hath loved.


Root Form
He is a merchant
Usage: 93

the balances
Usage: 15

of deceit
Usage: 39

are in his hand
Usage: 1612

he loveth
אהב אהב 
Usage: 212







Context Readings

Further Words Of Judgment

6 Therefore, return to your God,
Observe kindness and justice,
And wait for your God continually.
7 A merchant, in whose hands are false balances,
He loves to oppress.
8 And Ephraim said, “Surely I have become rich,
I have found wealth for myself;
In all my labors they will find in me
No iniquity, which would be sin.”

Cross References

Proverbs 11:1

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight.

Leviticus 19:35-36

You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measurement of weight, or capacity.

1 Samuel 12:3

Here I am; bear witness against me before the Lord and His anointed. Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed, or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? I will restore it to you.”

Proverbs 16:11

A just balance and scales belong to the Lord;
All the weights of the bag are His concern.

Isaiah 3:5

And the people will be oppressed,
Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor;
The youth will storm against the elder
And the inferior against the honorable.

Ezekiel 16:3

and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God to Jerusalem, “Your origin and your birth are from the land of the Canaanite, your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.

Ezekiel 22:29

The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice.

Amos 2:7

“These who pant after the very dust of the earth on the head of the helpless
Also turn aside the way of the humble;
And a man and his father resort to the same girl
In order to profane My holy name.

Amos 3:9

Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdod and on the citadels in the land of Egypt and say, “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria and see the great tumults within her and the oppressions in her midst.

Amos 4:1

Hear this word, you cows of Bashan who are on the mountain of Samaria,
Who oppress the poor, who crush the needy,
Who say to your husbands, “Bring now, that we may drink!”

Amos 5:11

Therefore because you impose heavy rent on the poor
And exact a tribute of grain from them,
Though you have built houses of well-hewn stone,
Yet you will not live in them;
You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine.

Amos 8:5-6

“When will the new moon be over,
So that we may sell grain,
And the sabbath, that we may open the wheat market,
To make the bushel smaller and the shekel bigger,
And to cheat with dishonest scales,

Micah 2:1

Woe to those who scheme iniquity,
Who work out evil on their beds!
When morning comes, they do it,
For it is in the power of their hands.

Micah 3:1-3

And I said,
Hear now, heads of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel.
Is it not for you to know justice?

Micah 6:10-11

“Is there yet a man in the wicked house,
Along with treasures of wickedness
And a short measure that is cursed?

Micah 7:2

The godly person has perished from the land,
And there is no upright person among men.
All of them lie in wait for bloodshed;
Each of them hunts the other with a net.

Zechariah 14:21

Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the Lord of hosts; and all who sacrifice will come and take of them and boil in them. And there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts in that day.

Malachi 3:5

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the Lord of hosts.

John 2:16

and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.”

1 Timothy 6:9-10

But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.

James 5:4

Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.

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