Proverbs 25: King James Bible
Backbiters – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty five, Verse 23
23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Backbiters
There is one thing about someone who has something to say behind your back, yet doesn’t want you to find out. That would be a certain level of cowardice. But backbiting goes beyond saying things about someone that isn’t present.
Backbiting is when someone is out to attack the character or reputation of someone who isn’t around. Because what’s being said about the absent person is slanderous or deliberately unfavorable, the backbiters won’t speak these kinds of things directly to the person.
Some of the major currency that backbiters trade with are gossips, lies, half truths, manipulations, slanders, and a coward’s version of scorn. But their target typically won’t know about it until a third party brings it to their attention.
That’s where the angry countenance comes into play, to drive away the tongue of backbiters. That’s also when things get either messy or interesting. It depends on the situation I suppose. When the slander and lies of backbiters are exposed, so are their intentions.
There could be several different reasons people would partake in backbiting another. One that I would assume would rate the highest on the backbiter’s list, would be jealousy. Their target has something they want, someone they want, a position they want, a standing that they want, or a reputation that they want.
Another reason one would start kicking of slanderous tales about another behind their back, is from feeling slighted somehow. Damaged pride can also cause for someone to feel free to say whatever they want about you, whether it be true or not. The reasons can be many, but most derived from the iniquity of the talebearer.
But there’s nothing that can make gossipers or backbiters squirm more, than when they are found out, and called to task. Especially when done so in front of those who they were spreading tales to. This is a moment where they are driven back on their heels trying to scramble for lies to cover other lies, or become desperate for a reasonable explanation where there isn’t one.
When the tongue of backbiters are stifled and exposed to those that they’ve been lying about, and lying to, whatever their objective was comes to not. In fact, whatever type of damage they intended on their target, pales in comparison to the damage they do to themselves.
Nobody wants to say anything important to a gossip monger or backbiter. Nobody will trust the word of one either. Truth is always found out, lies are always exposed in one form or another. Sometimes it might take time, but they always fall to the ground when challenged with truth.
Is it any wonder why the Lord would have us concentrate on honesty and truth, and incorporate both of these into our skillset? Backbiters cause unnecessary damage to others where there should be no damage done. This is unjust, and the Lord has plenty to say about backbiters throughout his Word.
We should be diligent to cause no harm toward anyone. And should we be tempted to stretch the truth about someone in order to gratify the flesh for any reason, we should just shut up, and get into prayer. Ask the Lord to remove the root of this problem. He will do so, because it is a problem.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matthew 15: King James Bible
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands defileth not a man.
John 8: King James Bible
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
There are so many different occasions we have through every given day, to open our mouths and have something to say about someone else. Thank you for the verse you’ve preserved in your Word, to remind us that your truth conquers all, backbiting is a fallen trait, and that your will is for us to be holy as you are holy. Please help us throughout every day, to hold back when temptations come to say things as a backbiter, talebearer, or gossip monger, and repent by turning directly to you. Rout out the cause within us Lord, that would make us feel justified in things that are not justifiable in your eyes. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever had the opportunity to catch backbiters in a lie?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 21 P. 322 – Spreading Falsehoods
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 20 P. 290 – A Talebearer
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 28 P. 447 – Flattering Words
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 12 P.137 – The Truth and The Lies
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 13 P.146 – Truth in Righteousness