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SEPTEMBER 10

 

 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers—Eph. 4:29.

 

 The depraved taste hedges itself behind conscience, and declares that it is always right to speak the truth, and hence God cannot have meant that speaking the truth would be slander; but that in condemning evil-speaking and slander, as works of the flesh and the devil, He must have meant the speaking of that which is false, untrue. This is a great mistake; a slander is equally a slander, whether it be true or whether it be false, and is so regarded, not only in the law of God but also in the laws of civilized men. A slander is anything which is uttered with the intention of injury to another, whether true or false, and the laws of men agree with the law of God, that such injury to another is wrong.

 

 

Parallel passages: Psa. 5: 9; 52: 2; 73: 7-9; 1.Cor. 15: 33; Eph. 5: 3, 4; Col. 3: 8; 4: 6; 1.Thes. 5:11; Col. 3:16; Deut. 6: 6, 7; Mal. 3:16, 17; Prov. 15: 7; Matt. 12: 36,37; Titus3: 2; Jas.3: 2-8;4:11; 1.Pet. 2:1.