I know a lot of fishermen that are in trouble. Big trouble. Me included.
There are, no doubt, a lot of awesome verses in the book of Proverbs. Proverbs 20 is a collection of thirty assorted wisdom sayings. While the chapter does not seem to have an overarching theme, the topics of false weights, the king, laziness, and speech occur more than once. When I read verse 23, I had to laugh and wonder if it was about some of the fish stories I’ve heard, or, yes…told.
“The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.”
— Proverbs 20:23
No lie is a good lie, but somehow we convince ourselves that stretching the truth a little bit about fishing is okay. As a guilty party, I’m not going to debate that one here. But this verse is really talking about this: A bargain made by fraud will prove a losing bargain in the end. Cheating someone for gain may seem great at first, but there’s a price to pay on behalf of the cheater.
So much in our world today is founded in deceit. It has always been that way, but seems magnified today (I think it’s the constant pounding we take from the media). What can you do about it? That’s an easy question. Just don’t take part in it. That’s the path of the wise. If others do it, that’s for them to deal with.
And in closing, no, I’m not buying a pair of scales to prove how big my fish are. A think a good optimistic guess will continue to suffice there just fine, thank you.
Have a great Sunday!