New American Standard Bible
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;
King James Bible
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Darby Bible Translation
Therewith bless we the Lord and Father, and therewith curse we men made after the likeness of God.
World English Bible
With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the image of God.
Young's Literal Translation
with it we do bless the God and Father, and with it we do curse the men made according to the similitude of God;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Therewith bless we God - We men do this; that is, all this is done by the tongue. The apostle does not mean that the same man does this, but that all this is done by the same organ - the tongue.
Even the Father - Who sustains to us the relation of a father. The point in the remark of the apostle is, the absurdity of employing the tongue in such contradictory uses as to bless one who has to us the relation of a father, and to curse any being, especially those who are made in his image. The word bless here is used in the sense of praise, thank, worship.
And therewith curse we men - That is, it is done by the same organ by which God is praised and honored.
Which are made after the similitude of God - After his image, Genesis 1:26-27. As we bless God, we ought with the same organ to bless those who are like him. There is an absurdity in cursing men who are thus made, like what there would be in both blessing and cursing the Creator himself.
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