I first came across this phrase in Julie Hyzy’s book, Grace Interrupted, (page 14).
It stands for the phrase—Far be it from me to criticize you. You can farby all you like and it still won’t make your complaints welcome. Complaints never sound good to the person who has to listen. The Israelites’ farby made God angry.
Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. (Numbers 11:1, NIV)
Farby between fellow believers is no better.
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.(Acts 6:1, NIV)
How goes your farby? A little gratefulness will beat out a farby any day.
Prayer- Lord, when we feel like speaking a farby, we ask your help in keeping our mouth shut. Amen.