PGTF stands for Proverbs Guide to Finance, and it is the basis behind this site. It’s been said that you can get a Master’s degree in Finance if you read Proverbs through a few times. I heard it last from Dave Ramsey, but I don’t know who said it first. I’ve come up with what I think are the 7 main principles of finance from Proverbs, and this is the first one.
The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight. Proverbs 11:1
Proverbs 16:11 – Honest scales and balances are from the Lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
Proverbs 20:10 – Differing weights and differing measures – the Lord detests them both.
Proverbs 20:23 – The Lord detests differing weights. And dishonest scales do not please him.
So what does God mean by dishonest scales and differing weights? Well, a good example would be a gas station that didn’t actually give you a gallon of gas when they say they are. The pump could rigged such that you only get .95 gallons for every gallon you pay for. Another example could be a grocery store that has a scale that reports a number higher than the actual weight of your produce. These are simple examples, but they get the point across as to what these verses are talking about.
You say, well I’m good because my business doesn’t weigh anything. That is not the case. The point behind the verses is we have to be honest in all of our dealings. If you lie to your employees or bosses or customers you are breaking this principle. If you produce a car that isn’t safe and then try to cover it up it will come back to haunt you. The truth comes out in the end no matter where you are trying to cut corners. You are going to be better off in the long run if you treat everyone with honesty and respect.
Let me know of other examples you know of that represent dishonest scales. Has anyone seen this play out, i.e. a gas station getting caught by an inspector?