(#201) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:10-The Sin of Hate Speech

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-25:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 30:10: “Do not malign a servant to his master, Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.”

David understood what this proverb is about: “Do not keep silent, O God of my praise! For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful Have opened against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause. In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer. Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love” (Psalm 109:1-5).

All Christians must put away all “evil speaking” (Ephesians 4:31). All non-Christians who blaspheme Christians are suddenly put on notice by this proverb.

False accusation is the stuff of gossip: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16); “A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies” (Proverbs 14:5); “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28); and it is cancelled by the commandment “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Romans 13:9). No wonder, then, that “false witness” is one of the 7 things God “hates” (Proverbs 6:16-19). The unproven, unclaimed, thus false “accusation” placed on Jesus’ cross was: “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS” (Matthew 27:37). Jesus Christ never was, nor will He ever be only “the King of the Jews,” for He is “the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15)!

A Christian is a “fellow servant in the Lord” along with Paul (Colossians 1:7; 4:7), Moses (Hebrews 3:5), John (Revelation 1:1), and angels (Revelation 22:9). What Christians believe and practice must come from the Word of God (Romans 10:17) and produce unity (John 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13). However, there are matters about which God has allowed for conscientiousness, where Christians must not falsely accuse one another (Romans 14:1-10). “Vegans” should not condemn those who can eat meats. No one is undermined if: a converted Catholic continued to eat fish on Fridays; a converted Jew may still do no work on Saturday; a converted denominational member still raises hands during a prayer; a converted Muslim woman still covers her head with a scarf, etc. Since Christians are “servants of the Lord,” Paul asks: “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls” (Romans 14:4), then plainly declares: “For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself” (Romans 14:7). This does not excuse anyone from continuing immoral, worldly ways into their Christian life (1 Corinthians 5:9-12; 6:9-11), for “those who are outside God judges” (1 Corinthians 5:13).

Christians must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). God has always kept the line clear between the righteous and the unrighteous (Ezekiel 33:10-20), lest His servant is falsely accused.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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