Proverbs 11:1-6. Honestly!
Cheating to take advantage is not looked upon with approval.
Cheating robs another to enrich oneself.
Solomon is here referring to the making a set of weights and scales, which is an exacting task. Equally to make a set that were in favor of the owner of them is itself an exacting, deliberate and disingenuous process. Dishonesty is a deliberate and cynical act as it applied to manufacturing/recalibrating scales to give false readings. No doubt a black market existed for such things, sadly. Dishonesty isn’t a mere failure to do right, it is calculated and calculating.
He doesn’t suggest that becoming rich is the issue – what is the issue is how you get there. Short cuts always set you back in the long run. Cheating leads to distrust, and trust is a fundamental building block of healthy relationships. Without we are left with little that connects.
But honesty goes further than merely or only doing the right thing. Doing the right thing is right to do but it is not normally very captivating. Honesty guides us, whereas dishonesty destroys others. What we do will be moderated by honesty. It is a filter for behavior. Honesty may not always be natural or comfortable but it always has good results.
Not only that. Honesty also directs us. It guides in that it points us in the right direction, and it directs us on the path pointed to. This assumes we need guidance and direction. And it assumes that honesty is a ‘walked out’ process of growth and understanding.
Solomon then goes on to say in v6, “the godliness of good people rescues them.” Honesty is now described as godliness. It infects our character – positively, and the lack of it, negatively. Honest!