In Psalms 15:3 , the rendering of a word which means to run about tattling, calumniating; in Proverbs 25:23 , secret talebearing or slandering; in Romans 1:30 and 2 Corinthians 12:20 , evil-speaking, maliciously defaming the absent.
bak'-bit raghal; doloo:
To slander the absent, like a dog biting behind the back, where one cannot see; to go about as a talebearer. "He that backbiteth [Revised Version, slandereth] not with his tongue" (Psalms 15:3).
Backbiters bak'-bit-~rz (Greek katalaloi:
Men who speak against. Vulgate, "detractors" (Romans 1:30)).
cether: Adj. "a backbiting tongue"; literally, "a tongue of secrecy" (Proverbs 25:23). katalalia: substantive "a speaking against" (2 Corinthians 12:20; Wisdom 1:11); "evil speaking" (1 Peter 2:1). glossa trite: "a backbiting tongue" (the King James Version of Ecclesiasticus 28:14,15); more literally translated in the Revised Version (British and American) "a third person's tongue."
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