Psalm 50:20
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New International Version
You sit and testify against your brother and slander your own mother's son.

New Living Translation
You sit around and slander your brother--your own mother's son.

English Standard Version
You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son.

New American Standard Bible
"You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother's son.

King James Bible
Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You sit, maligning your brother, slandering your mother's son.

International Standard Version
You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son.

NET Bible
You plot against your brother; you slander your own brother.

New Heart English Bible
You sit and speak against your brother. You slander your own mother's son.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“You have been sitting and plotting against your brother; you have been mocking against the son of your mother.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You sit and talk against your own brother. You slander your own mother's son.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; Thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

New American Standard 1977
“You sit and speak against your brother;
            You slander your own mother’s son.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou didst sit and speak against thy brother; thou didst slander thine own mother's son.

King James 2000 Bible
You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son.

American King James Version
You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son.

American Standard Version
Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; Thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Sitting thou didst speak against thy brother, and didst lay a scandal against thy mother's son:

Darby Bible Translation
Thou sittest [and] speakest against thy brother, thou revilest thine own mother's son:

English Revised Version
Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thy own mother's son.

World English Bible
You sit and speak against your brother. You slander your own mother's son.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou sittest, against thy brother thou speakest, Against a son of thy mother givest slander.
Study Bible
The Mighty One Calls
19"You let your mouth loose in evil And your tongue frames deceit. 20"You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother's son. 21"These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:21
Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rise against their parents and have them put to death.

Job 19:18
"Even young children despise me; I rise up and they speak against me.

Psalm 15:3
He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

Psalm 31:13
For I have heard the slander of many, Terror is on every side; While they took counsel together against me, They schemed to take away my life.

Psalm 101:5
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.
Treasury of Scripture

You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son.

speakest

Psalm 31:18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things …

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and …

Luke 22:65 And many other things blasphemously spoke they against him.

slanderest

Leviticus 19:16 You shall not go up and down as a talebearer among your people: neither …

Proverbs 10:18 He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.

1 Timothy 3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful …

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becomes holiness, …

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, …

thine own

Matthew 10:21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father …

(20) Sittest.--Rather, as in Psalm 10:8; Psalm 17:12, lurkest.

Slanderest.--Literally, givest a thrust; but, from the parallelism, used of words that often hurt more than blows.

Mother's son.--In a country where polygamy was practised, this marks a closer relationship than the more general "brother" would do. (See Song of Solomon 1:6, Note.)

Verse 20. - Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother. Professor Cheyne understands by "brother" any fellow-Israelite; but the parallel in the second hemistich - Thou slanderest thine own mother's son - implies that an actual brother is intended. It is one of the special characteristics of the reprobate to be "without natural affection" (Romans 1:31). Thou sittest,.... Either in the chair of Moses, or on the seat of judgment, in the great sanhedrim of the nation; or, as Aben Ezra paraphrases it, "in the seat of the scornful";

and speakest against thy brother; even to pass sentence upon him, to put him to death for professing faith in Christ, Matthew 10:21;

thou slanderest thine own mother's son; the apostles and disciples of Christ, who were their brethren and kinsmen according to the flesh; and even our Lord Jesus Christ himself, who was bone of their bone, and flesh of their flesh. 50:16-23 Hypocrisy is wickedness, which God will judge. And it is too common, for those who declare the Lord's statutes to others, to live in disobedience to them themselves. This delusion arises from the abuse of God's long-suffering, and a wilful mistake of his character and the intention of his gospel. The sins of sinners will be fully proved on them in the judgment of the great day. The day is coming when God will set their sins in order, sins of childhood and youth, of riper age and old age, to their everlasting shame and terror. Let those hitherto forgetful of God, given up to wickedness, or in any way negligent of salvation, consider their urgent danger. The patience of the Lord is very great. It is the more wonderful, because sinners make such ill use of it; but if they turn not, they shall be made to see their error when it is too late. Those that forget God, forget themselves; and it will never be right with them till they consider. Man's chief end is to glorify God: whoso offers praise, glorifies him, and his spiritual sacrifices shall be accepted. We must praise God, sacrifice praise, put it into the hands of the Priest, our Lord Jesus, who is also the altar: we must be fervent in spirit, praising the Lord. Let us thankfully accept God's mercy, and endeavour to glorify him in word and deed.
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