by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Greatest Words in the Bible and in Human Speech
The Meanest Word (5 of 15)
Clarence E. Macartney
Proverbs 16:28

A mean thing is that which is injurious to another
person, and where the injury is wrought without any
hurt or harm, or chance of it, to the person who
inflicts the injury. Therefore, the meanest thing is
both cowardly and cruel. In this sense, then, what is
the meanest word?

What is the meanest word because it is the most
cowardly word? What is the meanest word because it is
the cruelest word? What is the word that is conceived
in malignity and born in hatred? What is the word that
many use lightly and carelessly, and yet thereby ally
themselves with the cruel and cowardly man? What is
the word that has destroyed friendships, disrupted
churches, devastated homes, engendered war and strife,
saddened and clouded the lives of men and women? What
is the word that the Devil first used in the Garden of
Eden when he spoke against God, and which he has
employed ever since? What is the word that has broken
more hearts than any other? What is the word that has
the lowest and softest sound and accent, and yet the
loudest and noisiest echo? That word is whisperer. "A
whisperer separateth chief friends"-Proverbs 16:28.

The whisperer speaks all languages, wears all kinds of
clothing, is a citizen of all countries, belongs to
all political parties, moves in all circles, and is a
member of all churches. Here again, as in the case of
the other words, to prove our point that the whisperer
is the meanest word we shall fall back on that
wonderful book, the Bible, and see what evil the
whisperer has done to man.

The world started on the wrong track, through the
whispered innuendo of the Devil, who, Christ said,
"was a liar and the father of lies from the
beginning." The devil sowed the seeds of doubt and
disobedience in the mind of the woman, first of all,
by misrepresenting God, although he d ...

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