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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ē -v 'l -spēk´ing : Occurs twice in English Versions: (1) 1 Peter 2:1 it is the translation of καταλαλιά , katalaliá , "a speaking against," rendered "backbiting" in 2 Corinthians 12:20; compare katálalos , "backbiter" (Romans 1:30 ); the verb katalaléō is rendered to "speak against" (1 Peter 2:12; James 4:11; 1 Peter 3:16 ); (2) of βλασφημία , blasphēmı́a , "what is hurtful to the good name of anyone," "detraction," "slander" (Ephesians 4:31 the Revised Version (British and American), "railing"; compare 1 Timothy 6:4; Judges 1:9; Colossians 3:8 ); the verb blaspheméō is rendered to "speak evil of" (Romans 14:16; 1 Corinthians 10:30; Titus 3:2 , etc.); to "speak evil" occurs in Mark 9:39 as the translation of kakologéō , "lightly (the Revised Version (British and American) "quickly") speak evil of me"; Acts 19:9 the King James Version "spake evil of that way." In Psalm 140:11 , we have "evil-speaker" as the translation of 'ı̄sh lāshōn , "a man of tongue"; so the Revised Version (British and American). The wrong thing condemned as evil-speaking seems to be essentially detraction , what is hurtful to the reputation, and it is often too lightly regarded even among Christians. See BLASPHEMY; RAILING; SLANDER .
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Evil-Speaking'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/e/evil-speaking.html. 1915.