Search Bible
Click for Help   Click for QuickNav   Click for Advanced Search Options
Search KJV
Your Bible Version is the KJV
Go to Top
Link to This Page Cite This Page
Share this page Follow the BLB
Printable Page
The Blue Letter Bible

Dictionaries :: Slander

Choose a new font size and typeface
International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


slan'-der (substantive, dibbah, "slander"; diabolos, "slanderer"; verb raghal, "to slink about" as a talebearer, lashan, "to use the tongue," "to slander"; diaballo, "to calumniate," "to slander"; and other words): Slander (etymologically a doublet of "scandal," from OFr. esclandre, Latin scandalum, "stumblingblock") is an accusation maliciously uttered, with the purpose or effect of damaging the reputation of another. As a rule it is a false charge (compare Mt 5:11); but it may be a truth circulated insidiously and with a hostile purpose (e.g. Da 3:8, "brought accusation against," where Septuagint has diaballo, "slander"; Lu 16:1, the same Greek word). Warnings, condemnations and complaints in reference to this sin are very frequent, both in the Old Testament and New Testament. Mischievous "tale-bearing" or "whispering" is condemned (Le 19:16; Eze 22:9). There are repeated warnings against evil-speaking (as in Ps 34:13; Pr 15:28; Eph 4:31; Col 3:8; Jas 4:11; 1Pe 3:10), which is the cause of so much strife between man and man (Pr 16:27-30), and which recoils on the speaker himself to his destruction (Ps 101:5; 140:11). Especially is false witness, which is "slander carried into a court of justice," to be condemned and punished (Ex 20:16; De 19:16-21; compare Pr 12:17; 14:5,25; 19:5; 21:28; 24:28). Special cases of slander more than usually mean are when a wife's chastity is falsely impeached by her husband (De 22:13-19), and when one slanders a servant to his master (Pr 30:10). Even a land may be slandered as well as persons (Nu 14:36). Slanderers and backbiters are mentioned in some of Paul's darkest catalogues of evildoers (Ro 1:29,30; 2Co 12:20; 2Ti 3:3). To refrain from slander is an important qualification for citizenship in theocracy (Ps 15:1,3; 24:3,4) and for a place in the Christian church (1Ti 3:11; Tit 2:3). Jesus Himself was the victim of slanders (Mt 11:19) and of false testimony (Mt 27:63). The apostles, too, came in for a full share of it (e.g. Ac 24:5 f; 28:22; 2Co 6:8). In the case of Paul, even his central doctrine of justification was "slanderously reported" as if it encouraged immorality (Ro 3:8). The devil (=" the calumniator") is represented as the great accuser of God's people (Re 12:10), the slanderer paragraph excellence (compare Job 1:9-11; Zec 3:1).

Written by D. Miall Edwards



Torrey's New Topical Textbook

Slander: An Abomination to God

Pro 6:16,19

Slander: Forbidden

Exd 23:1; Eph 4:31; Jam 4:11

Slander: Includes


Rom 1:29; 2Cr 12:20


Rom 1:30; 2Cr 12:20

Evil surmising

1Ti 6:4


Lev 19:16


Ecc 10:11


1Ti 5:13

Evil speaking

Psa 41:5; 109:20


Jer 20:10; 1Cr 4:13

Bearing false witness

Exd 20:16; Deu 5:20; Luk 3:14

Judging charitably

Jam 4:11,12

Raising false reports

Exd 23:1

Repeating matters

Pro 17:9

Slander: Is a Deceitful Work

Psa 52:2

Slander: Comes from the Evil Heart

Mat 15:19; Luk 6:45

Slander: Often Arises from Hatred

Psa 41:7; 109:3

Slander: Idleness Leads To

1Ti 5:13

Slander: The Wicked Addicted To

Psa 50:20; Jer 6:28; 9:4

Slander: Hypocrites Addicted To

Pro 11:9

Slander: A Characteristic of the Devil

Rev 12:10

Slander: The Wicked Love

Psa 52:4

Slander: They Who Indulge In, Are Fools

Pro 10:18

Slander: They Who Indulge In, Not to Be Trusted

Jer 9:4

Slander: Women Warned Against

Tts 2:3

Slander: Minister's Wives Should Avoid

1Ti 3:11

Slander: Christ Was Exposed To

Psa 35:11; Mat 26:60

Slander: Rulers Exposed To

2Pe 2:10; Jud 1:8

Slander: Ministers Exposed To

Rom 3:8; 2Cr 6:8

Slander: The Nearest Relations Exposed To

Psa 50:20

Slander: Saints Exposed To

Psa 38:12; 109:2; 1Pe 4:4

Slander: Saints

Should keep their tongue from

Psa 34:13; 1Pe 3:10

Should lay aside

Eph 4:31; 1Pe 2:1

Should be warned against

Tts 3:1,2

Should give no occasion for

1Pe 2:12; 3:16

Should return good for

1Cr 4:13

Blessed in enduring

Mat 5:11

Characterised as avoiding

Psa 15:1,3

Slander: Should Not Be Listened To

1Sa 24:9

Slander: Should Be Discountenanced with Anger

Pro 25:23

Slander: Effects Of

Separating friends

Pro 16:28; 17:9

Deadly wounds

Pro 18:8; 26:22


Pro 26:20

Discord among brethren

Pro 6:19


Psa 31:13; Eze 22:9

Slander: The Tongue Of, Is a Scourge

Job 5:21

Slander: Is Venomous

Psa 140:3; Ecc 10:11

Slander: Is Destructive

Pro 11:9

Slander: End Of, Is Mischievous Madness

Ecc 10:13

Slander: Men Shall Give Account For

Mat 12:36; Jam 1:26

Slander: Punishment For

Deu 19:16-21; Psa 101:5

Slander: Illustrated

Pro 12:18; 25:18

Slander: Exemplified

Laban's Sons

Gen 31:1


1Sa 22:9-11

Princes of Ammon

2Sa 10:3


2Sa 16:3

Children of Belial

1Ki 21:13

Enemies of the Jews

Ezr 4:7-16


Neh 6:6


Est 3:8

David's enemies

Psa 31:13

Jeremiah's enemies

Jer 38:4


Mat 11:18,19

Witnesses against Christ

Mat 26:59-61


Mar 15:3

Enemies of Stephen

Act 6:11

Enemies of Paul

Act 17:7


Act 24:2,5

BLB Searches
Search the Bible
Search KJV

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval
Search KJV

Let's Connect
Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan


The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

Donate Contact

Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding.

Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization