Backbiting—found four times in four verses

Variations: backbiteth, backbiting, backbitings, backbiters

First usage: Psalm 15:3 (backbiteth)

Last usage: 2 Corinthians 12:20 (backbitings)

Defined: to speak evil of another in his or her absence

Interesting fact: Backbiting and talebearing have many similar attributes. The Lord finds this sin so reprehensible that He emphasized this truth by using two identical verses in Proverbs. “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly” (Proverbs 18:8; Proverbs 26:22).

Bible study tip: It is a good practice when studying a compound word to consider all the parts that make up the word. However, this does present its own set of difficulties. Be careful not to allow this practice to sidetrack your present study. If you see something of interest in the study concerning the component parts, make a note to return and study those things at a later date. This will enable you to complete your present study without being sidetracked with additional material.

Sunday, Day 8—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 9—The Backbiting Tongue
Tuesday, Day 10—How Will We Be Found?
Wednesday, Day 11—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 12—Biting and Devouring Until Consumed
Friday, Day 13—An Angry Countenance Drives Away Backbiters
Saturday, Day 14—The Sins of a Reprobate Mind


James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.