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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
EVIL SPEAKING in the Bible covers sins of untruthfulness as well as of malice. It includes abuse, thoughtless talebearing, imputing of bad motives, slander, and deliberate false witness. Warnings against it are frequent; it is forbidden in the legislation of the OT (Ninth Commandment; Deuteronomy 19:16-19 ) and of the NT ( Matthew 5:22; Matthew 12:32; Matthew 15:19 ). Christians must expect this form of persecution ( Matthew 5:11 ), but must be careful to give no handle to it ( Romans 14:16 , Titus 2:8 , 1 Peter 2:12; 1 Peter 3:16 ).
C. W. Emmet.
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Evil Speaking'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/e/evil-speaking.html. 1909.