Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:
For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.
Here is more practical, common sense counsel from The Preacher.
Because we have deceptive hearts, and we think we want to know everything that is said, we may even go so far as to eavesdrop on our employees. After all, shouldn’t we know everything that goes on in our own households, our own places of business? Don’t we have a right to know all that is said?
Solomon says that if we pay attention too closely, we’re going to hear that which will disturb, upset, or harm us in our spirits. We may hear our own employees cursing us!
I was curious about the word curse, wondering if it literally means using foul or profane language . It can. It can also carry a sense of despising, making light of, making of no value.
Do you really want to hear people speaking of you in those terms? What good would it do?
And Solomon then points out that we know in our hearts that we, ourselves, have spoken ill of others. We have been guilty of doing that which we hear others do. We have cursed people, whether with words or in our hearts. We are just as guilty as the employee who speaks against us. Or maybe not a servant; maybe some member of the family. How many times have we spoken ill of a spouse, a child, a brother or sister?
Don’t be quick to condemn others who may speak against you. You have probably spoken against them.