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Scripture: Gossip

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Old Testament Scripture on Gossip

“Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the LORD.” —Leviticus 19:16 

“And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother; Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.” —Deuteronomy 19:18-19 

“Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.” —Psalms 15:1-3 

“Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.” —Psalms 17:4 

“Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” —Psalms 31:20 

“Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” —Psalms 34:13 

“I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.” —Psalms 39:1 

“The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.” —Psalms 52:2 

“For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.” —Psalms 59:12 

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.” —Psalms 64:8 

“Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.” —Psalms 101:5 

“They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips.” —Psalms 140:3 

“Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.” —Psalms 140:11 

“Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. ” —Proverbs 4:24 

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” —Proverbs 8:13 

“He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.” —Proverbs 10:18 

An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.” —Proverbs 11:9 

“He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.” —Proverbs 11:12 

“A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.” —Proverbs 11:13 

“A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.” —Proverbs 16:28 

“A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” —Proverbs 17:4 

“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” —Proverbs 17:9 

“The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” —Proverbs 18:8 

“He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.” —Proverbs 20:19 

“Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:” —Proverbs 25:9 

“A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.” —Proverbs 25″18 

“Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.” —Proverbs 26:20 

“The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” —Proverbs 26:22 

“A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.” —Proverbs 26:28 

“Be not called a whisperer, and lie not in wait with thy tongue: for a foul shame is upon the thief, and an evil condemnation upon the double tongue.” —Ecclesiasticus 5:14 

“Admonish a friend: for many times it is a slander, and believe not every tale.” —Ecclesiasticus 19:15 

“A whisperer defileth his own soul, and is hated wheresoever he dwelleth.” —Ecclesiasticus 21:28 

“When thou art present, he will speak sweetly, and will admire thy words: but at the last he will writhe his mouth, and slander thy sayings.” —Ecclesiasticus 27:23 

“Curse the whisperer and doubletongued: for such have destroyed many that were at peace.” —Ecclesiasticus 28:13 

“For thou art my defender and helper, and has preserved my body from destruction, and from the snare of the slanderous tongue, and from the lips that forge lies, and has been mine helper against mine adversaries:” —Ecclesiasticus 51:2 

“For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:” —Isaiah 29:20 

“They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters.” —Jeremiah 6:28 

“Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait.” —Jerimiah 9:8


New Testament Scripture on Gossip

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” —Matthew 5:11 

“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” —Matthew 7:3-5 

“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” —Matthew 12:34

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” —Luke 6:37 

“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” —John 7:24 

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,” —Romans 1:29 

“Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:” —Romans 3:13 

“Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” —Romans 12:14 

“Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.” —Romans 14:13 

“For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:” —II Corinthians 12:20 

“But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” —Galatians 5:15 

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” —Ephesians 4:29 

“For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.” —II Thessalonians 3:11 

“Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.” —I Timothy 3:11 

“And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.” —I Timothy 5:13 

“To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” —Titus 3:2 

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” —James 1:26 

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” —James 3:6 

“Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.” —James 4:11 

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;” —I Peter 1:15 

“Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” —I Peter 3:9 

“But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” —II Peter 2:10


Quotations from Various Sources on Gossip

“A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way.” —John Tudor 

“Do you want to injure someone’s reputation? Don’t speak ill of him, speak too well.” —Andre Siegfried 

“Never make negative comments or spread rumors about anyone. It depreciates their reputation and yours.” —Brian Koslow 

“What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.” —Jewish proverb

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