29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,
The Greek word here for “maliciousness” occurs nowhere else in the Greek New Testament. This word has the ideas of bad, evil mischief, malignity. Maliciousness is a disposition that produces an evil action. A malicious person is ill natured and habitually takes everything with an evil connotation. He puts a negative interpretation on the action of others, causing them in turn to suspect evil in yet others.
Maliciousness turns the soul for the worse.
Maliciousness is the turn of the soul for the worse. This is one’s orientation. Other sins flourish in the context of maliciousness. Some people are vicious toward others; they have a disposition to hurt others.