Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 30, 2014

Proportionate Charge for Goods is Another Principle of Justice: “a just weight is His delight”

Today’ devotion comes from Deuteronomy 25:4-19.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“13 “You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small.  14 You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small.  15 You shall have a full and just weight;  you shall have a full and just measure, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.  16 For everyone who does these things, everyone who acts unjustly is an abomination to the Lord your God.”   Deuteronomy 25:13-16.


In our last devotion, we considered proportionate punishment as a principle of justice.  In this devotion, we consider proportionate charge for goods as an additional principle of justice.  A scale is a good and just scale which measures accurately the total weight of the goods such that the total charge for goods is truly proportionate based on the two factors:  actual weight of the goods and the advertised price for the standard of weight.

For example, if candy is advertised for sale at a dollar a pound, you first need a scale that can accurately measure a pound of candy, and then you also need a scale that will show true total weight based on that standard of measurement of one pound.  Five pounds of candy should be accurately weighed by the scale to be five pounds, and $5.00 should be the proportionate charge for five pounds of candy.

It is possible to have a scale, whether built intentionally to defraud or negligently, that does not measure out a pound of candy.

It is also possible to have a scale with differing weights, whether built intentionally to defraud or negligently, that may be able to truly measure out a pound of candy, but the scale does not show the true total weight of the candy such that the total charge for the candy is not based proportionately on the true standard of weight of measurement (a pound in this example).  In this example, it is possible to have a scale that may accurately weigh out a pound of candy but does not accurately weigh out 5 pounds of candy.

“A just balance and scales belong to the Lord;
All the weights of the bag are His concern.”  Proverbs 16:11.

“Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord,
And a false scale is not good.”  Proverbs 20:23.

I shop at Publix, a chain of grocery stores, located not only here in St. Petersburg, Florida but also in other areas.  When I buy chicken, I like it when the sales clerk first weighs out the chicken and then determines the price for the chicken and then puts it in a box, sometimes with sauce, so that I am not charged for the box and the sauce.

But, all that appearance would be for naught if the scale was not accurate.  I certainly do believe the scales at Publix are accurate, but I am making the point that it is difficult (or impossible) to tell if the scales are accurate.  And thus, it is all that more important for the seller to know the importance of just scales and to know how accountable to God he or she will be.

God is all-knowing.

“A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight.”  Proverbs 11:1.


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