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Backbite
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Backbite
Backbite To slander the absent, like a dog biting behind the back, where one cannot see; to go about as a talebearer. The only RSV occurrence is Prov. 25:23, which speaks of “a backbiting tongue,” lit “a tongue of secrecy” (Heb. seṯer).See also Slander.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Backbite
BACKBITE. The Heb. word so translated means “to wander about as a slanderer” (Ps 15:3). Another Heb word is used in similar manner to describe evil speaking (Prov 25:23).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Backbite
BackbiteIn Ps. 15:3, the rendering of a word which means to run about tattling, calumniating; in Prov. 25:23, secret talebearing or slandering; in Rom. 1:30 and 2 Cor. 12:20, evil-speaking, maliciously defaming the absent.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Backbite
BACKBITE — to speak slanderously or spitefully about a person (Ps. 15:3; Rom. 1:30). Backbiting involves an element of deceit and cowardice. It should be avoided by Christians.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BACKBITE
BACKBITE<bak’-bit> רָגַל‎ [raghal]; [δολόω 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” (Psalm 15:3).Backbiters <bak’-bit-rz> (Greek [κατάλαλοι, katalaloi]:
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Backbite
Backbite (To). To slander behind one’s back.“The only thing in which all parties agreed was to backbite the manager.”—W. Irving: Traveller, Buckthorn, p. 193.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Backbite
backbite. The KJV uses this term to render the Hebrew verb rāgal H8078, “slander” (Ps. 15:3), and the noun sēōter H6260, “secrecy” (Prov. 25:23, “backbiting tongue”; NIV, “sly tongue”). It is also used by the KJV to render the Greek verb katalaleō G2897, “to speak against, slander” (Rom. 1:30, ptc.,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Backbite
BACKBITE, bakʹbīt (רָגַל‎, rāghal; δολόω, dolóō): To slander the absent, like a dog biting behind the back, where one cannot see; to go about as a talebearer. “He that backbiteth [RV slandereth] not with his tongue” (Ps 15:3).Backbiters, bakʹbīt-ẽrz (Gr κατάλαλοι, katálaloi): Men who speak against.