Gossip & Slander
He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
Proverbs 10:19Cross Reference: Prov 17:27, James 1:19, 3:2
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
Proverbs 26:20-27James 3:5When discussing the tongue, the Bible often uses fire as imagery (James 3:5-6, Prov 16:27, Prov 26:20-22, Isaiah 30:27). A contentious tongue provides fuel to the fire of strife. Remove the fuel and you stop the fire (Prov 22:10).Jesus used a similar analogy to Proverbs 26:23 in Matthew 23:27 and Luke 11:39. God judges the inside of a person (our heart), not the outward appearance (1Sa 16:7).
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
Total Verses: 21
Total Passages: 11