He who robs his father or mother and says, "It’s not wrong"—he is partner to him who destroys.
He who robs his father or his mother And says, "It is not a transgression," Is the companion of a man who destroys.
Robbing your parents and then saying, "What’s wrong with that?" is as serious as committing murder.
Anyone who robs father and mother and says, "So, what's wrong with that?" is worse than a pirate.
He who takes from his father or his mother what is theirs by right, and says, It is no sin; is the same as a taker of life.
Anyone who robs father or mother and says, "That is no crime," is partner to a thug.
Whoever robs his father or his mother, And says, " It is no transgression," The same is companion to a destroyer.
|NET © [draft] ITL|
|NET © Notes||
1 sn While the expression is general enough to cover any kind of robbery, the point seems to be that because it can be rationalized it may refer to prematurely trying to gain control of the family property through some form of pressure and in the process reducing the parents’ possessions and standing in the community. The culprit could claim what he does is not wrong because the estate would be his anyway.
2 sn The metaphor of “companion” here means that a person who would do this is just like the criminally destructive person. It is as if they were working together, for the results are the same.
3 tn Heb “man who destroys” (so NASB); TEV “no better than a common thief.”