Verses on Gossip
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.
To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.
The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.
You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.
A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.