Parallel Verses

King James 2000

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

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.

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 turn you to your God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on your God continually. 7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to oppress. 8 And Ephraim said, Yet I have become rich, I have found myself wealth: in all my labors they shall find no iniquity in me that is sin.

Cross References

Proverbs 11:1

A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

Leviticus 19:35-36

You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in measures of length, or weight, or quantity.

1 Samuel 12:3

Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose donkey have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind my eyes with? and I will restore it to you.

Proverbs 16:11

A just weight and balance are the LORD's: all the weights in the bag are his work.

Isaiah 3:5

And the people shall be oppressed, everyone by another, and everyone by his neighbor: the child shall behave himself proudly against the elder, and the base against the honorable.

Ezekiel 16:3

And say, Thus says the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Your birth and your nativity are from the land of Canaan; your father was an Amorite, and your mother a Hittite.

Ezekiel 22:29

The people of the land have used oppression, and committed robbery, and have oppressed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

Amos 2:7

That trample on the dust of the earth which is on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maiden, to defile my holy name:

Amos 3:9

Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in its midst, and the oppressed in its midst.

Amos 4:1

Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

Amos 5:11

Since therefore you tread upon the poor, and you take from him burdens of wheat: you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink wine of them.

Amos 8:5-6

Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell grain? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?

Micah 2:1

Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Micah 3:1-3

And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you rulers of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

Micah 6:10-11

Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the short measure that is abominable?

Micah 7:2

The godly man has perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

Zechariah 14:21

Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and boil in them: and in that day there shall be no more a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 3:5

And I will come near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the sojourner from his right, and fear not me, says the LORD of hosts.

John 2:16

And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things away; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise.

1 Timothy 6:9-10

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which plunge men into destruction and perdition.

James 5:4

Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, cries: and the cries of them who have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of hosts.

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