Proverbs 30:10
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.

Berean Study Bible
Do not slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will bear the guilt.

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Don't tell a slave owner something bad about one of the slaves. That slave will curse you, and you will be in trouble.

Good News Translation
Never criticize servants to their master. You will be cursed and suffer for it.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Deliver not a servant into the hands of his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be utterly destroyed.

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
9Otherwise, I may have too much and deny You, saying, “Who is the LORD?” Or I may become poor and steal, profaning the name of my God. 10Do not slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will bear the guilt. 11There is a generation of those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.…
Cross References
Genesis 8:21
When the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, He said in His heart, "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from his youth. And never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done.

Ecclesiastes 7:21
Do not pay attention to every word that is spoken, or you may 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 of persons in judgment.

Deuteronomy 23:15
Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee:

1 Samuel 22:9,10
Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub…

lest

Proverbs 11:26
He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

Proverbs 24:24
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

Proverbs 28:27
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.







Lexicon
Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

slander
תַּלְשֵׁ֣ן (tal·šên)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Jussive - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3960: To wag the tongue, to calumniate

a servant
עֶ֭בֶד (‘e·ḇeḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

his master,
אֲדֹנָ֑יו (’ă·ḏō·nāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 113: Sovereign, controller

or
פֶּֽן־ (pen-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 6435: Removal, lest

he will curse you,
יְקַלֶּלְךָ֥ (yə·qal·lel·ḵā)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7043: To be slight, swift or trifling

and you will bear the guilt.
וְאָשָֽׁמְתָּ׃ (wə·’ā·šā·mə·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 816: To be guilty, to be punished, perish
(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. 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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