is expressly forbidden (Titus 3:2; James 4:11), and severe punishments are denounced against it (1 Cor. 5:11; 6:10). It is spoken of also with abhorrence (Ps. 15:3; Prov. 18:6, 7), and is foreign to the whole Christian character and the example of Christ.
Oh, if I had never come to Salem, to a place so overflowing with malice, evil-speaking and all uncharitableness!
I implore you, dearest Hannah, to put away calumny and evil-speaking.
To keep my hands from picking and stealing, and my tongue from evil-speaking, lying, and slandering.
This is my advice: Put away your evil-speaking and calumnies and curses!
Understand yourselves, and speak often to others, of the sinfulness of evil-speaking and backbiting.
Have I spoken evil of any, or listened with complacency to evil-speaking?
In such cases as are above mentioned, a sort of evil-speaking about our neighbour may be allowable or excusable.
The evil-speaking tongue swelled, and became putrid and worms swarmed from it477 and filled the whole blasphemous mouth.
I have suffered too much from calumny to give a handle for evil-speaking.
Wrong and violence, and temptation and sorrow, and evil-speaking, could reach him no more.