Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD. (Proverb 20:10)
God hates a double-standard — one standard applied to ourselves or our friends and allies, slanting things in our own favor, and another standard applied to our rivals or adversaries that slants things against them. The idea of a double standard comes from these divers weights and divers measures spoken of in the proverb. The Hebrew reads “a stone and a stone, a measure and a measure.” The idea is that you have a large weight and a small weight, a large measure and a small measure. Depending on the transaction, one set would be used for buying and the other for selling.
To this day, this kind of thing is a universal means of cheating your customer. We do it with or without scales and weights. When buying merchandise, we point out the flaws and talk the product down. When selling, we ignore (or conceal) the flaws and talk the product up. The age-old double standard still carries the freight.Continue reading “Double Standards”