11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;
all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 Kings detest wrongdoing,
for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
they value the one who speaks what is right.
While our opinions of justice vary with our perspectives, the Lord is able to take everything into account. Only his scales are truly honest, while human scales are limited by human opinion. Yet limited as we are, he has given us the dignity of maintaining justice in our affairs. Considering our flaws and limitations, what a comfort it is that the final judgement belongs to him!
“Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.” If a king does not detest wrongdoing now, he will learn to when his throne is lost to it. Consider Saul, whose tolerance of disobedience cost him the throne. Had he kept the Lord’s command, “he would have established [Saul’s] kingdom over Israel for all time.” He failed to realize what hung in the balance of his obedience until it was too late. This is instructive to us, kings or not, as the same principle applies. Consider carefully the consequences of wrongdoing, learn to despise it, and your authority will be preserved.
“Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right.” While many are willing to lie to please the king, ultimately it is the truthful who are valued. Flattery and deception may prevail for a time, but they are always at risk of exposure. There are circumstances in which the truth may be dangerous, but the greatest danger is always with those who lie.