Proverbs 30:10
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New International Version
"Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.

New Living Translation
Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it.

English Standard Version
Do not slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.

New American Standard Bible
Do not slander a slave to his master, Or he will curse you and you will be found guilty.

King James Bible
Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't slander a servant to his master or he will curse you, and you will become guilty.

International Standard Version
Don't lie about a servant to his master, or that servant will curse you and you will pay for it.

NET Bible
Do not slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you are found guilty.

New Heart English Bible
"Do not slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not hand over a Servant to his Master, lest he curse you and you be condemned

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Do not slander a slave to his master. The slave will curse you, and you will be found guilty."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Slander not a servant unto his master, Lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

New American Standard 1977
Do not slander a slave to his master,
            Lest he curse you and you be found guilty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not accuse a slave in the presence of his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

King James 2000 Bible
Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

American King James Version
Accuse not a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

American Standard Version
Slander not a servant unto his master, Lest he curse thee, and thou be held guilty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Accuse not a servant to his master, lest he curse thee, and thou fall.

Darby Bible Translation
Speak not too much about a servant to his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be held guilty.

English Revised Version
Slander not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be held guilty.

Webster's Bible Translation
Accuse not a servant to his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

World English Bible
"Don't slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.

Young's Literal Translation
Accuse not a servant unto his lord, Lest he disesteem thee, and thou be found guilty.
Study Bible
The Words of Agur
9That I not be full and deny You and say, "Who is the LORD?" Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God. 10Do not slander a slave to his master, Or he will curse you and you will be found guilty. 11There is a kind of man who curses his father And does not bless his mother.…
Cross References
Genesis 8:21
The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

Ecclesiastes 7:21
Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you.
Treasury of Scripture

Accuse not a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

accuse not or hurt not with thy tongue

Proverbs 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect …

Deuteronomy 23:15 You shall not deliver to his master the servant which is escaped …

1 Samuel 22:9,10 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of …

1 Samuel 24:9 And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold, …

1 Samuel 26:19 Now therefore, I pray you, let my lord the king hear the words of …

1 Samuel 30:15 And David said to him, Can you bring me down to this company? And …

2 Samuel 16:1-4 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba …

2 Samuel 19:26,27 And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for your …

Daniel 3:8 Why at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.

Daniel 6:13,24 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is …

Romans 14:4 Who are you that judge another man's servant? to his own master he …

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Proverbs 11:26 He that withholds corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing …

Proverbs 24:24 He that said to the wicked, You are righteous; him shall the people …

Proverbs 28:27 He that gives to the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes …

Deuteronomy 15:9 Beware that there be not a thought in your wicked heart, saying, …

2 Chronicles 24:22-24 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his …

(10) Accuse not a servant--i.e., a slave, thus making his already hard life still more intolerable.

And thou be found guilty before God of having wronged him, and so have to bear the punishment.

Verse 10. - Accuse not a servant unto his master. Calumniate, slander not; μὴ καταλαλήσης, Theodotion; μὴ διαβάλης, Symmachus. Do not secretly bring a charge against a man's slave, and make his master suspicious of him; have a kind feeling for those in lowly condition, and do not render their lot more unbearable by insinuating false or frivolous accusations against them. Ewald and others would render, "Entice not a servant to slander his master;" but there is no need so to take the expression, as the hiph. of the verb is used in post-biblical Hebrew in the sense of "to calumniate." The Septuagint has, "Deliver not a servant into the hands of his master," which seems to refer to the treatment of runaway slaves (Deuteronomy 23:15). Lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty, and have to atone for it. The slandered slave imprecates a curse on his slanderer, and, as the latter has incurred vengeance by his word or action, the curse will not fall harmless (Proverbs 26:2); God's righteous retribution will overtake him, and he shall suffer for it. Accuse not a servant unto his master,.... Wrongly, rashly, and without any foundation, nor for any trifling thing; unless it be in a case of moment and importance, when his master's business is sadly neglected, or he is injured in his property by him: especially care should be taken not to calumniate a servant, to abuse him with the tongue, as the word (g) signifies; the circumstance he is in should be considered, as a servant; and how severe masters are apt to be towards them, and therefore little matters should be hid from them; and much less should they be aggravated, and least of all should falsehoods be told of them. So Doeg the Edomite accused David to Saul, and the Pharisees accused the disciples of Christ to their Master, 1 Samuel 22:9; the apostle's advice is good, and agrees with Agur's, Romans 14:4;

lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty; or, "and thou shouldest sin" (h); that is, afterwards; and so the curse come upon thee he has wished for: or the sense is, lest he should curse thee before men, and hurt thy character and reputation; or imprecate a curse from the Lord, which he may suffer to come upon thee for sin. Aben Ezra interprets this of a servant, that flies from Heathen countries to the land of Israel, to be made a proselyte of; who should not be discovered, and returned to his old master.

(g) "ne crimineris lingua", Montanus. (h) "et delinquas", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "q. d. peccabis", Vatablus. 10. Accuse not—Slander not (Ps 10:7).

curse … guilty—lest, however lowly, he be exasperated to turn on thee, and your guilt be made to appear.30:10 Slander not a servant to his master, accuse him not in small matters, to make mischief. 11-14. In every age there are monsters of ingratitude who ill-treat their parents. Many persuade themselves they are holy persons, whose hearts are full of sin, and who practise secret wickedness. There are others whose lofty pride is manifest. There have also been cruel monsters in every age. 15-17. Cruelty and covetousness are two daughters of the horseleech, that still cry, Give, give, and they are continually uneasy to themselves. Four things never are satisfied, to which these devourers are compared. Those are never rich that are always coveting. And many who have come to a bad end, have owned that their wicked courses began by despising their parents' authority. 18-20. Four things cannot be fully known. The kingdom of nature is full of marvels. The fourth is a mystery of iniquity; the cursed arts by which a vile seducer gains the affections of a female; and the arts which a vile woman uses to conceal her wickedness. 21-23 Four sorts of persons are very troublesome. Men of low origin and base spirit, who, getting authority, become tyrants. Foolish and violent men indulging in excesses. A woman of a contentious spirit and vicious habits. A servant who has obtained undue influence. Let those whom Providence has advanced from low beginnings, carefully watch against that sin which most easily besets them.
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