Ecclesiastes 7:21
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New International Version
Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you--

New Living Translation
Don't eavesdrop on others--you may hear your servant curse you.

English Standard Version
Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you.

New American Standard Bible
Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you.

King James Bible
Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't pay attention to everything people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you,

International Standard Version
Don't listen to everything that is spoken— you may hear your servant cursing you,

NET Bible
Also, do not pay attention to everything that people say; otherwise, you might even hear your servant cursing you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't take everything that people say to heart, or you may hear your own servant cursing you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Also take not heed unto all words that are spoken, lest thou hear thy servant curse thee;

New American Standard 1977
Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, lest you hear your servant cursing you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Also do not take to heart all the words that are spoken lest thou hear thy slave speak evil of thee:

King James 2000 Bible
Also take not to heart all words that are spoken; lest you hear your servant curse you:

American King James Version
Also take no heed to all words that are spoken; lest you hear your servant curse you:

American Standard Version
Also take not heed unto all words that are spoken, lest thou hear thy servant curse thee;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But do not apply thy heart to all words that are spoken: lest perhaps thou hear thy servant reviling thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Also give not heed unto all words that are spoken, lest thou hear thy servant curse thee.

English Revised Version
Also take not heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:

Webster's Bible Translation
Also take no heed to all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:

World English Bible
Also don't take heed to all words that are spoken, lest you hear your servant curse you;

Young's Literal Translation
Also to all the words that they speak give not thy heart, that thou hear not thy servant reviling thee.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:11-22 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, yea better. It shelters from the storms and scorching heat of trouble. Wealth will not lengthen out the natural life; but true wisdom will give spiritual life, and strengthen men for services under their sufferings. Let us look upon the disposal of our condition as the work of God, and at last all will appear to have been for the best. In acts of righteousness, be not carried into heats or passions, no, not by a zeal for God. Be not conceited of thine own abilities; nor find fault with every thing, nor busy thyself in other men's matters. Many who will not be wrought upon by the fear of God, and the dread of hell, will avoid sins which ruin their health and estate, and expose to public justice. But those that truly fear God, have but one end to serve, therefore act steadily. If we say we have not sinned, we deceive ourselves. Every true believer is ready to say, God be merciful to me a sinner. Forget not at the same time, that personal righteousness, walking in newness of life, is the only real evidence of an interest by faith in the righteousness of the Redeemer. Wisdom teaches us not to be quick in resenting affronts. Be not desirous to know what people say; if they speak well of thee, it will feed thy pride, if ill, it will stir up thy passion. See that thou approve thyself to God and thine own conscience, and then heed not what men say of thee; it is easier to pass by twenty affronts than to avenge one. When any harm is done to us, examine whether we have not done as bad to others.
Study Bible
Limits of Human Wisdom
20Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins. 21Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you. 22For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.…
Cross References
Proverbs 30:10
Do not slander a slave to his master, Or he will curse you and you will be found guilty.

Ecclesiastes 7:22
For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.
Treasury of Scripture

Also take no heed to all words that are spoken; lest you hear your servant curse you:

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