New American Standard Bible
"No, I have not allowed my mouth to sin By asking for his life in a curse.
King James Bible
Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
Darby Bible Translation
(Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse;)
World English Bible
(yes, I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse);
Young's Literal Translation
Yea, I have not suffered my mouth to sin, To ask with an oath his life.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Neither have I suffered my mouth - Margin, as in Hebrew, palate. The word is often used for the mouth in general, and especially as the organ of the voice from the use and importance of the palate in speaking. Proverbs 8:7. "For my palate (חכי chikiy) speaketh truth." It is used as the organ of taste, Job 12:11; compare Job 6:30; Psalm 119:103.
By wishing a curse to his soul - It must have been an extraordinary degree of piety which would permit a man to say this with truth, that he had never harbored a wish of injury to an enemy. Few are the people, probably, even now, who could say this, and who are enabled to keep their minds free from every wish that calamities and woes may overtake those who are seeking their hurt. Yet this is the nature of true religion. It controls the heart, represses the angry and revengeful feelings, and creates in the soul an earnest desire for the happiness even of those who injure us.
LibraryWhether virtue is in us by Nature?
Objection 1: It would seem that virtue is in us by nature. For Damascene says (De Fide Orth. iii, 14): "Virtues are natural to us and are equally in all of us." And Antony says in his sermon to the monks: "If the will contradicts nature it is perverse, if it follow nature it is virtuous." Moreover, a gloss on Mat. 4:23, "Jesus went about," etc., says: "He taught them natural virtues, i.e. chastity, justice, humility, which man possesses naturally." Objection 2: Further, the virtuous good consists …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Whether Confession is According to the Natural Law?
"I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.
If I have rewarded evil to my friend, Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary,
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