The meaning of Rail; Railing; Railer, in the Bible
(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)
ral, ral'-ing, ral'-er: To "rail" on (in modern usage "against") anyone is to use insolent or reproachful language toward one. It occurs in the Old Testament as the translation of charaph (II Chronicles 32:17, "letters to rail on Yahweh"), and of 'it (I Samuel 25:14, of Nabal, "he railed at them," the English Revised Version "flew upon them," margin "railed on"). In the New Testament "to rail" is the translation of blasphemeo (Mark 15:29; Luke 23:39; "railing," I Timothy 6:4; II Peter 2:11; Judges 1:9). The word loidoria, rendered railing" in I Peter 3:9 the King James Version, is in the Revised Version (British and American) "reviling," and loidoros, "railor," in I Corinthians 5:11 is in the Revised Version (British and American) "reviler."
See also RACA.
W. L. Walker
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