A Comparison of Proverbs 11:1-3

Proverbs 11:2 GW

Dishonest scales are disgusting to the LORD,
but accurate weights are pleasing to him.
Arrogance comes,
then comes shame,
but wisdom remains with humble people.
Integrity guides decent people,
but hypocrisy leads treacherous people to ruin.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD,
But a just weight is His delight.
When pride comes, then comes shame;
But with the humble is wisdom.
The integrity of the upright will guide them,
But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)



False scales are an abomination to the LORD,
but an honest weight, his delight.
When pride comes, disgrace comes;
but with the humble is wisdom.
The honesty of the upright guides them;
the faithless are ruined by their duplicity.
New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

The LORD hates people who use dishonest scales. He is happy with honest weights.
People who are proud will soon be disgraced. It is wiser to be modest.
If you are good, you are guided by honesty. People who can’t be trusted are destroyed by their own dishonesty.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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