Proverbs 29:24
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New International Version
The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies; they are put under oath and dare not testify.

New Living Translation
If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself. You are sworn to tell the truth, but you dare not testify.

English Standard Version
The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.

New American Standard Bible
He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He hears the oath but tells nothing.

King James Bible
Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
To be a thief's partner is to hate oneself; he hears the curse but will not testify.

International Standard Version
A thief's accomplice hates himself; though testifying under oath, he reveals nothing.

NET Bible
Whoever shares with a thief is his own enemy; he hears the oath to testify, but does not talk.

New Heart English Bible
Whoever is an accomplice of a thief is an enemy of his own soul. He takes an oath, but dares not testify.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that partakes with the thief hates his soul and they put him under oath and he does not confess.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever is a thief's partner hates his own life. He will not testify under oath.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: He heareth the adjuration and uttereth nothing.

New American Standard 1977
He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
            He hears the oath but tells nothing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever is partner with a thief hates his own soul; he hears cursing, and does not disclose it.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever is partner with a thief hates his own soul: he hears cursing, and reveals it not.

American King James Version
Whoever is partner with a thief hates his own soul: he hears cursing, and denudes it not.

American Standard Version
Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul; He heareth the adjuration and uttereth nothing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is partaker with a thief, hateth his own soul: he heareth one putting him to his oath, and discovereth not.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso shareth with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth the adjuration, and declareth not.

English Revised Version
Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth the adjuration and uttereth nothing.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever is partner with a thief, hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and discloseth it not.

World English Bible
Whoever is an accomplice of a thief is an enemy of his own soul. He takes an oath, but dares not testify.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is sharing with a thief is hating his own soul, Execration he heareth, and telleth not.
Study Bible
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
23A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor. 24He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He hears the oath but tells nothing. 25The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.…
Cross References
Leviticus 5:1
Now if a person sins after he hears a public adjuration to testify when he is a witness, whether he has seen or otherwise known, if he does not tell it, then he will bear his guilt.

1 Samuel 20:2
He said to him, "Far from it, you shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small without disclosing it to me. So why should my father hide this thing from me? It is not so!"
Treasury of Scripture

Whoever is partner with a thief hates his own soul: he hears cursing, and denudes it not.

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Proverbs 8:36 But he that sins against me wrongs his own soul: all they that hate …

Proverbs 15:32 He that refuses instruction despises his own soul: but he that hears …

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Judges 17:2 And he said to his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that …

(24) Hateth his own soul.--See above on Proverbs 1:19.

He heareth cursing.--Rather, the oath or adjuration of the judge that anyone cognisant of the theft shall give information with regard to it. He hears and remains silent, and thus becoming the accomplice of the thief, he shares his punishment.

Verse 24. - Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul. The accomplice of a thief puts his own safety in danger. This is explained by what follows: He heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not; better, he heareth the adjuration, and telleth not. This refers to the course of proceeding defined by Leviticus 5:1, and intimated in Judges 17:2. When a theft was committed, the person wronged or the judge pronounced an imprecation on the thief and on any one who was privy to the crime, and refrained from giving information; a witness who saw and knew of it, and was silent under this formal adjuration, has to bear his iniquity; he is not only an accomplice of a criminal, he is also a perjurer; one sin leads to another. Some commentators explain the first hemistich as referring only to the crime of receiving or using stolen goods, by which a man commits a crime and exposes himself to punishment; but it is best taken, as above, in connection with the second clause, and as elucidated thereby. Whoso is partner with a thief,.... That robs and steals, and raises away another man's property; which to do is sinful and contrary to the law of God, and punishable by it; and so it is to join with him in the theft, or to devise, or consent unto it; or to receive the stolen goods, or to hide and conceal them; or to hide the thief, or the theft, and not declare them; see Psalm 50:18. Such an one

hateth his own soul; that is, he is not careful of it, he is not concerned for its welfare as he should be; for otherwise no man, properly speaking, hates his own flesh or body, and much less his soul; but he is negligent of the good of it, and, for the sake of the mammon of unrighteousness, runs the risk of the ruin of it; by which he shows that he loves the world more than his own soul; when the profit of the whole world is nothing to the soul of man, Matthew 16:26; see Proverbs 8:36;

he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not; or "does not declare it" (b); he heareth the cursing of those that have lost their goods, and yet he does not declare where they are, and who is the author of the theft, though he knows; or, being suspected of being concerned in it, or, at least, of knowing who did it, be is had before a civil magistrate, and an oath is given him, which he takes, and yet he conceals the matter: which is an aggravation of his sin, and brings ruin to his soul. So the Targum,

"an oath is determined (or brought to him) and he confesseth not.''

Some understand this of a distinct evil, of hearing cursing and swearing, and taking the name of God in vain, and blasphemy against him; yet, through fear of incurring the displeasure of men, and being reckoned a busy body, or through indifference and want of zeal for the glory of God, do not discover it, or inform of it, to a proper person, for the punishment of such; see Leviticus 5:1; and render the words (c), as "he that is partner with a thief hateth his own soul; so he that heareth cursing, and betrayeth it not."

(b) "et non indicat", Junius & Tremellius, Mercerus, Cocceius, Schultens, Michaelis. (c) So Gejerus. 24. hateth … soul—(Compare Pr 8:36).

heareth cursing—(Le 5:1), risks the punishment, rather than reveal truth.29:19. Here is an unprofitable, slothful, wicked servant; one that serves not from conscience, or love, but from fear. 20. When a man is self-conceited, rash, and given to wrangling, there is more hope of the ignorant and profligate. 21. Good usage to a servant does not mean indulgence, which would ruin even a child. The body is a servant to the soul; those that humour it, and are over-tender of it, will find it forget its place. 22. An angry, passionate disposition makes men provoking to one another, and provoking to God. 23. Only those who humble themselves shall be exalted and established. 24. The receiver is as bad as the thief. 25. Many are ashamed to own Christ now; and he will not own them in the day of judgment. But he that trusts in the Lord will be saved from this snare.
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