Proverbs 30:11
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New International Version
"There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;

New Living Translation
Some people curse their father and do not thank their mother.

English Standard Version
There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.

New American Standard Bible
There is a kind of man who curses his father And does not bless his mother.

King James Bible
There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother.

International Standard Version
Some people curse their fathers and won't bless their mothers.

NET Bible
There is a generation who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.

New Heart English Bible
There is a generation that curses their father, and doesn't bless their mother.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To a generation that its fathers will revile and its mother will not bless;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A certain kind of person curses his father and does not bless his mother.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There is a generation that curse their father, And do not bless their mother.

New American Standard 1977
There is a kind of man who curses his father,
            And does not bless his mother.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless their mother.

King James 2000 Bible
There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless their mother.

American King James Version
There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless their mother.

American Standard Version
There is a generation that curse their father, And bless not their mother.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

Darby Bible Translation
There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother;

English Revised Version
There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

Webster's Bible Translation
There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

World English Bible
There is a generation that curses their father, and doesn't bless their mother.

Young's Literal Translation
A generation is, that lightly esteemeth their father, And their mother doth not bless.
Study Bible
The Words of Agur
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. 12There is a kind who is pure in his own eyes, Yet is not washed from his filthiness.…
Cross References
Exodus 21:17
"He who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

Proverbs 20:20
He who curses his father or his mother, His lamp will go out in time of darkness.

Malachi 1:6
"'A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect?' says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests who despise My name. But you say, 'How have we despised Your name?'
Treasury of Scripture

There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless their mother.

a generation

Proverbs 30:12-14 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is …

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

that curseth

Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocks at his father, and despises to obey his mother, …

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out …

Leviticus 20:9 For every one that curses his father or his mother shall be surely …

Deuteronomy 21:20,21 And they shall say to the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn …

Deuteronomy 27:16 Cursed be he that sets light by his father or his mother. And all …

Matthew 15:4-6 For God commanded, saying, Honor your father and mother: and, He …

Mark 7:10-13 For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother; and, Whoever curses …

doth

1 Timothy 5:4,8 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to …

(11) There is a generation . . .--The words "there is" are not in the Hebrew, so it is left in doubt what is the predicate of these four evil "generations," whether Agur means by them to describe the men of his own time, or to say that such are unbearable. (Comp. Proverbs 30:21.) The same characters are to be found in the description of men of the "last days" (2Timothy 3:1 sqq).

Verses 11-31 contain six groups of four sentences each, each quaternion having a certain connection in language and concinnity of idea. First (vers. 11-14) come four generations that are evil - four being taken as the symbol of universality. The sins herein specified had become so general that they affected the whole generation. Verse 11. - There is a generation that eurseth their father. The words, "there is," are not found in the Hebrew, and the four subjects are without a predicate. Delitzsch calls the group "a mutilated priamel," which is explained to be a kind of gnomic poetry containing a series of antecedents or subjects followed by an epigrammatic conclusion applicable to all the antecedents. In the present ease the conclusion is wanting, so that we are left in doubt whether the author meant merely to de. scribe classes of men in his own time or to affirm that such are abominable. Septuagint, "A wicked generation curseth its father (ἔκγονον κακόν)," which expression is repeated at each of the four verses. The first sin is that which offends against the commandment to honour and obey parents. This was judged worthy of death under the old Law (Exodus 21:17; see Proverbs 20:20, and note there). And doth not bless their mother. This is a litotes, "not to bless" being equivalent to "to curse." There is a generation that curseth their father,.... A sort of men that neither fear God nor regard men; and are so inhuman as to be without natural affections to their parents; have no reverence of them, love to them, nor give them any honour or obedience; so far from it, that they curse their father that begot them; imprecate on him all the evils in life they can think of, and wish him out of the world;

and doth not bless their mother; cannot give her a good word, who bore them, and brought them up in the most tender and indulgent manner; yea, so unnatural as to curse her also, for that is intended by this way of speaking; see Proverbs 30:17. 11-14. Four kinds of hateful persons—(1) graceless children, (2) hypocrites, (3) the proud, (4) cruel oppressors (compare on Pr 30:14; Ps 14:4; 52:2)—are now illustrated; (1) Pr 30:15, 16, the insatiability of prodigal children and their fate; (2) Pr 30:17, hypocrisy, or the concealment of real character; (3 and 4) Pr 30:18-20, various examples of pride and oppression.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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