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. Proverbs 11:1-3
Dishonest: deceit, deceptive
Abomination: something disgusting, an abhorrence
Just: complete, full, perfect
Delight: goodwill, favor
Pride: insolence, presumptuousness of godlessness
Shame: ignominy, dishonor, disgrace
With: in one's possession or keeping, mental quality
Wisdom: ethical and religious
Integrity: blameless, innocence
Upright: well-pleased, righteous, straight
Guide: by implication to transport, lead
Perversity: distortion, viciousness
Unfaithful: to act covertly; by implication, to pillage, deal deceitfully
Destroy: devastate, ruin
The concepts of honesty and integrity seem to be missing from our society as a whole these days. Lying is common place. Deceitfulness is considered the norm. Cheating is the standard practice.
Yet, no matter how common place dishonesty is, is remains an abomination to the Lord! It's disgusting to Him. And if it's disgusting to Him, it should be to us as well.
It SHOULD be. Why isn't it?
Because of Pride. We tend to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to, and to make ourselves look better in the eyes of those around us, we "enhance" our speech with lies. And soon, it then becomes the norm for us. We liked that the lie, made us "better".
Sadly, it is only an illusion. For a life based on dishonesty and pride is just, well full of hot air. It's not good for anything. It ruins trust. And it also eats away at oneself, because no matter how many lies are told—we know the truth, even if we think we've deceived others.
Honesty. Integrity. Humility.
Three important traits that begin when a heart is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG)