King James Version
He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
Darby Bible Translation
He that slandereth not with his tongue, doeth not evil to his companion, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour;
World English Bible
He who doesn't slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor casts slurs against his fellow man;
Young's Literal Translation
He hath not slandered by his tongue, He hath not done to his friend evil; And reproach he hath not lifted up Against his neighbour.
Psalm 15:3 Parallel
CommentaryKing James Translators' Notes
taketh...: or, receiveth, or, endureth
Geneva Study Bible
He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.Psalm 15:3 Parallel Commentaries
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