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Holman Bible Dictionary
Someone in the right in a law case may be described as honest (Exodus 23:7 NIV). Isaiah lamented that “no one goes to law honestly” ( Isaiah 59:4 NRSV). Honest or just balances, weights, and measures give fair and accurate measure ( Leviticus 19:36; Deuteronomy 25:15; Proverbs 16:11 ). Job 31:6 prays God's judgment to be weighed in an honest balance so God can know the person's integrity. Scripture often refers to honest or right speech ( Job 6:25; Proverbs 12:17; Proverbs 16:13; Proverbs 24:26 ). Those working on the Temple construction were known for their honest business dealings (2 Kings 12:15; 2 Kings 22:7 ).
Jacob claimed honesty (Genesis 30:33 ) but manipulated the breeding of Laban's flocks (Genesis 30:37-43 ). Jacob's sons repeatedly assured Joseph of their honesty (Genesis 42:11 ,Genesis 42:11,42:19 ,Genesis 42:19,42:31 ,Genesis 42:31,42:33-34 ), never guessing that their brother knew their deceptive natures all too well (Genesis 37:31-33 ).
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Honesty'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/h/honesty.html. 1991.