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1 Peter 3:9:  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

2 Peter 2:11: Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

Jude_1:9: Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Do these scriptures/statements Forbid (preclude, prohibit, rule out, condemn) Christians from bringing forth any accusation(s) at all against others even when the accusation is clearly, verifiably true? or is the word "railing" the definitive qualifier? In other words, does the word "railing" imply and prohibit only untrue, false, unverifiable accusations, falsely maligning accusations?

For example, if a person (even those in authority: including Political Leaders) commits a crime/a sin/lies, etc. which is true & verifiable and is harmful to others, do these scriptures prohibit us (Christians) from "bringing forth" (speaking of, accusing, etc.)?

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  • Since this is essentially a question about λοιδορίας Strong 3059 1 Timothy 5:14, 1 Peter 3:9 and 1 Peter 3:9 again, I suggest it be asked on SE-BH.
    – Nigel J
    Commented Feb 19, 2021 at 20:31
  • Geremia had a good answer here about "Railing" christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/73730/… Could you improve this question by turning the title into a sentence with the form of a question? Commented Feb 19, 2021 at 20:54

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1 Peter 3:9: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

2 Peter 2:11: Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

Jude_1:9: Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Based on the definitions below from Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, these scriptures/statements do not forbid Christians from bringing forth accusations against others when the accusation is clearly, verifiably true.

Such accusations should not be unnecessarily harsh or sustained.
Such accusations should serve some good purpose (not be gossip).

Remember Matthew 18:15-17,

“If your brother [fellow Christian] sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector."

If a person (even those in authority: including Political Leaders) commits a crime/a sin/lies, etc. which is true & verifiable and is harmful to others, these scriptures do NOT prohibit us (Christians) from "bringing forth" (speaking of, accusing, etc.).

Definitions

Rail (Wiktionary)

"To complain violently (against, about)".

"railing for railing" - 1 Peter 3:9, Strong's 3059,

"slander or vituperation" (criticism that is sustained and overly harsh)

"railing" - 2 Peter 2:11, Strong's 989,

"Scurrilous" (Coarse, vulgar, abusive, or slanderous).

"railing" - Jude 9, Strong's 988,

"vilification" (slanderous or malicious defamation)

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