See also Contention; Gossip; Lying; Rumor
Saying things that are wrong, hurtful, and wicked. Often in scripture such speaking is directed at a person with the specific intent to cause pain.
Keep thy tongue from evil, Ps. 34:13 (1 Pet. 3:10).
An ungodly man diggeth up evil, Prov. 16:27.
Blessed are ye, when men shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, Matt. 5:11 (3 Ne. 12:11).
Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, Matt. 15:19 (Mark 7:21).
Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler, Acts 23:5.
Let all evil speaking be put away from you, Eph. 4:31.
Speak not evil one of another, James 4:11.
See that there is no backbiting, nor evil speaking, D&C 20:54.