Psalm 50:20
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.

Berean Study Bible
You sit and malign 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
you sat around gossiping, ruining the reputation of your own relatives."

Good News Translation
You are ready to accuse your own relatives and to find fault with them.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou didst sit and speak against thy brother, and didst scandalize thy 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
19You unleash your mouth for evil and unharness your tongue for deceit. 20You sit and malign your brother, you slander your own mother’s son. 21You have done these things, and I kept silent; you thought I was just like you. But I Myself will rebuke you and accuse you to your face.…
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 little boys scorn me; when I appear, they deride me.

Psalm 15:3
who has no slander on his tongue, who does no harm to his neighbor, who casts no scorn on his friend,

Psalm 31:13
For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side. They conspire against me and plot to take my life.

Psalm 101:5
Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; the one with haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not 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 proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Matthew 5:11
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

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

slanderest

Leviticus 19:16
Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.

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

1 Timothy 3:11
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

thine own

Matthew 10:21
And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.







Lexicon
You sit
תֵּ֭שֵׁב (tê·šêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

and malign
תְדַבֵּ֑ר (ṯə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

your brother,
בְּאָחִ֣יךָ (bə·’ā·ḥî·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 251: A brother, )

you
תִּתֶּן־ (tit·ten-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

slander
דֹּֽפִי׃ (dō·p̄î)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1848: A stumbling-block

your own mother’s
אִ֝מְּךָ֗ (’im·mə·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 517: A mother, )

son.
בְּבֶֽן־ (bə·ḇen-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son
(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). 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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