11a "Speak evil" - slander, smear, making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation This is what unbelievers do to believers 1 pet 2:12 This is not saying that someone may have done something to offend; or done something wrong "speak evil" vs confronting sin - the later is commanded (mt 18:15-17; acts 20:31; 1 cor 4:14; col 1:28; tit 1:13; 2:15; 3:10) "One another" - brothers; of the same family, having been adopted rather than slandering one another, we should... "lay aside... evil speaking" - 1 pet 2:1 "confess our faults to" and "pray for" one another - james 5:16 "refrain our tongue (recall James 3:1-12 )... from speaking guile" - 1 pet 3:10 11b-11e speaking evil/judging a brother = speaking evil/judging the law?? speaking evil of the law, judging the law - we must avoid this because the law is... holy, good given by God a reflection of God's character something of God's authority
Main point summary
Don't bring slanderous accusations against a fellow believer. God is judge, we are not.
m Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. 1
Brothers, don't slander each other.
The one who speaks against a brother
Because by slandering a brother
or n judges his brother,
or accusing a brother,
speaks evil against the law
that one is slandering the law
and judges the law.
and setting them self above the law.
But if you judge the law,
Moreover if you set yourself above the law,
you are not a doer of the law
you are not obeying the law
but a judge.
but you have set yourself up as judge
There is only o one lawgiver and p judge,
Furthermore, only one person makes laws and judges,
he who is able to save and q to destroy.
that is to say , the one who has the ability to save and destroy.
But r who are you to judge your neighbor?
On the other hand, that person is not you. Who are you to judge?!
Grumbling - James 5:9 See also Phil 2:14
assignment: attempt to avoid "judge" in mine column
Let us not forget the previous verse which spoke of humbling ourselves before God. Slanderous accusation of a fellow believer= setting ourselves up as judges over a fellow believer, and the law(since we are disobeying the command not to speak evil) = setting ourselves above the law giver (?) These two scriptures are particularly applicable. Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. Rom 8:34 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
If you find yourself on the other side of the slander, one verse to consider is Matt 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.