‘You give your mouth free rein for evil.
Your tongue frames deceit.
You sit and speak against your kin.
You slander your own mother’s child.
These things you have done.
I have been silent.
You thought that I was one just like yourself.
But now I rebuke you.
I lay the charge before you.’”
God continued with his rebuke of the wicked by telling them how they had sinned with their mouth. The wicked ones give free rein to their mouth to say all kinds of evil things with their deceitful tongue. They speak against their own relatives. They slander their own brothers and sisters. They did all these things, but God was silent. They thought that it might be okay since God would have done the same thing. They were wrong. Now they are rebuked as God laid out the charges against them.