What the scriptures say about
fall or turn away from God, religion, morality; shrink back from; be deceived about
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  Jeremiah 2:19   |   Jer 3:22   |   Jer 5:6   |   Jer 14:7   |   Jer 15:6   |   Ezekiel 37:23   (dwelling places, for backsliding)

BACKSLIDE [Easton's Bible Dictionary]

To draw back or apostatize in matters of religion (Acts 21:21; 2Thessalonians 2:3; 1 Timothy 4:1).

This may be either partial (Proverbs 14:14) or complete (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:38,39).

The apostasy may be both doctrinal and moral.

BACKSLIDE [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

bak'-slid' meshubhah; Hosea 11:7; 14:4 and often in Hos and Jer, shobhabh; shobhebh, in Jer, 4 times:

all meaning "turning back or away," "apostate," "rebellious."

carar, in Hosea 4:16 = "stubborn," "rebellious"; the Revised Version (British and American) "stubborn"):

In all places the word is used of Israel forsaking Yahweh, and with a reference to the covenant relation between Yahweh and the nation, conceived as a marriage tie which Israel had violated. Yahweh was Israel's husband, and by her idolatries with other gods she had proved unfaithful (Jeremiah 3:8,14; 14:7; Hosea 14:4). It may be questioned whether Israel was guilty so much of apostasy and defection, as of failure to grow with the growing revelation of God. The prophets saw that their contemporaries fell far short of their own ideal, but they did not realize how far their predecessors also had fallen short of the rising prophetic standard in ideal and action.


Backslider bak'-slid-er cugh lebh:

"The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways" (Proverbs 14:14). But the Revised Version (British and American) "backslider" conveys the wrong impression of an apostate. The Hebrew expression here implies simply non-adherence to the right, "The bad man reaps the fruits of his act" (Toy, Prov, in loc.).

T. Rees

BACKSLIDING, BACKSLIDERS [Thompson Chain Reference]

    * Select Reading Malachi 3:7-18; Galatians 4:1
          o Malachi 3:7-10
          o Galatians 4:1-31
    * Results of
          o Selfish Absorption
                + Proverbs 14:14
                + Isaiah 1:4
                + Jeremiah 14:7
                + Hosea 11:7
          o Religious Indifference
                + Matthew 24:12
          o Unfitness for the Kingdom
                + Luke 9:62
                + Galatians 1:6
          o Bondage to Forms
                + Galatians 4:9
          o Divine Displeasure
                + Hebrews 10:38
                + 2 Peter 2:20
          o Loss of Spiritual Enthusiasm
                + Revelation 2:4
          o SEE Apostasy
          o SEE Forsaking God

    * (causes which tend to produce)
    * Absence of Spiritual Leaders
          o Exodus 32:1
          o Exodus 32:8
          o 1 Samuel 15:11
    * Evil Associations
          o 1 Kings 11:4
    * Worldly Success
          o 2 Chronicles 25:2
          o 2 Chronicles 25:14
          o Psalms 78:57
          o Hosea 6:4
          o Zephaniah 1:6
    * Shallowness
          o Luke 8:13
    * Emptiness of Life
          o Luke 11:24
          o Luke 11:25
          o Luke 11:26
    * Lack of Spiritual Insight
          o John 6:63
          o John 6:64
          o John 6:66
          o 1 Timothy 5:15
    * Love of the World
          o 2 Timothy 4:10
    * SEE Apostates
    * SEE Covenant-breakers
    * SEE Wanderers 

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