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.

King James Bible
Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

New King James Version
You sit and speak against 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.

NASB 1995
"You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother's son.

NASB 1977
“You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son.

Amplified Bible
“You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son.

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

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

American Standard Version
Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; Thou slanderest thine 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou didst sit and speak against thy brother, and didst scandalize thy mother's son.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Sitting thou didst speak against thy brother, and didst lay a scandal against thy mother's son:

English Revised Version
Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You sit and talk against your own brother. You slander your own mother's son.

International Standard Version
You sit and speak against your 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.

Literal Standard Version
You sit, you speak against your brother, "" You give slander against a son of your mother.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 now I 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.









(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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
You sit
תֵּ֭שֵׁב (tê·šêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 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 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 251: A brother, )

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

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

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

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


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