What Does the Bible Say About Gossip? (26 Verses)

Learn what the Bible says about Gossip. These are the 26 most relevant Bible verses and passages about Gossip.
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It is important to interpret Bible verses in their Scriptural context. Many people rip Scripture passages out of their context and misinterpret them.

This list of Bible verses about Gossip is meant to be a starting place for learning more about this topic. Make sure you do not use these Bible verses inappropriately—check to make sure the verses actually mean what you think they mean.

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Table of Contents

  1. Psalm 34:13 - "Keep your tongue from evil and..."
  2. Proverbs 11:13 - "Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,..."
  3. Proverbs 20:19 - "Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;..."
  4. Ephesians 4:29 - "Let no corrupting talk come out..."
  5. Proverbs 16:28 - "A dishonest man spreads strife, and..."
  6. Psalm 141:3 - "Set a guard, O LORD, over..."
  7. Exodus 23:1 - ""You shall not spread a false..."
  8. Titus 3:2 - "to speak evil of no one,..."
  9. Proverbs 26:20 - "For lack of wood the fire..."
  10. Psalm 101:5 - "Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I..."
  11. James 1:26 - "If anyone thinks he is religious..."
  12. Psalm 50:20 - "You sit and speak against your..."
  13. Psalm 41:5 - "My enemies say of me in..."
  14. 1 Timothy 5:13 - "Besides that, they learn to be..."
  15. Leviticus 19:16 - "You shall not go around as..."
  16. James 4:11 - "Do not speak evil against one..."
  17. John 7:12-13 - "And there was much muttering about..."
  18. Proverbs 18:6-7 - "A fool's lips walk into a..."
  19. Proverbs 10:19 - "When words are many, transgression is..."
  20. Proverbs 25:9-10 - "Argue your case with your neighbor..."
  21. Exodus 20:16 - ""You shall not bear false witness..."
  22. Proverbs 17:9 - "Whoever covers an offense seeks love,..."
  23. Romans 1:29-30 - "They were filled with all manner..."
  24. Proverbs 21:23 - "Whoever keeps his mouth and his..."
  25. Proverbs 10:18 - "The one who conceals hatred has..."
  26. Proverbs 6:16-19 - "There are six things that the..."

1. Psalm 34:13

13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

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2. Proverbs 11:13

13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

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3. Proverbs 20:19

19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

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4. Ephesians 4:29

29 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.

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5. Proverbs 16:28

28 A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

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6. Psalm 141:3

3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

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7. Exodus 23:1

1 "You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

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8. Titus 3:2

2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

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9. Proverbs 26:20

20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

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10. Psalm 101:5

5 Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.

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11. James 1:26

26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

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12. Psalm 50:20

20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son.

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13. Psalm 41:5

5 My enemies say of me in malice, "When will he die and his name perish?"

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14. 1 Timothy 5:13

13 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.

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15. Leviticus 19:16

16 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.

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16. James 4:11

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

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17. John 7:12-13

12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, "He is a good man," others said, "No, he is leading the people astray." 13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

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18. Proverbs 18:6-7

6 A fool's lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. 7 A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

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19. Proverbs 10:19

19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

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20. Proverbs 25:9-10

9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another's secret, 10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.

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21. Exodus 20:16

16 "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

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22. Proverbs 17:9

9 Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

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23. Romans 1:29-30

29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,

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24. Proverbs 21:23

23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

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25. Proverbs 10:18

18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.

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26. Proverbs 6:16-19

16 There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

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Table of Contents

  1. Psalm 34:13
  2. Psalm 141:3
  3. Psalm 101:5
  4. Psalm 50:20
  5. Psalm 41:5
  6. Exodus 20:16
  7. Exodus 23:1
  8. Leviticus 19:16
  9. Proverbs 6:16-19
  10. Proverbs 10:18
  11. Proverbs 10:19
  12. Proverbs 11:13
  13. Proverbs 16:28
  14. Proverbs 17:9
  15. Proverbs 18:6-7
  16. Proverbs 20:19
  17. Proverbs 21:23
  18. Proverbs 25:9-10
  19. Proverbs 26:20
  20. John 7:12-13
  21. Romans 1:29-30
  22. Ephesians 4:29
  23. 1 Timothy 5:13
  24. Titus 3:2
  25. James 1:26
  26. James 4:11

Psalm 34:13

13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

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Psalm 141:3

3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

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Psalm 101:5

5 Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.

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Psalm 50:20

20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son.

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Psalm 41:5

5 My enemies say of me in malice, "When will he die and his name perish?"

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Exodus 20:16

16 "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

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Exodus 23:1

1 "You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

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Leviticus 19:16

16 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.

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Proverbs 6:16-19

16 There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

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Proverbs 10:18

18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.

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Proverbs 10:19

19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

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Proverbs 11:13

13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

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Proverbs 16:28

28 A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

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Proverbs 17:9

9 Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

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Proverbs 18:6-7

6 A fool's lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. 7 A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

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Proverbs 20:19

19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

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Proverbs 21:23

23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

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Proverbs 25:9-10

9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another's secret, 10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.

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Proverbs 26:20

20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

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John 7:12-13

12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, "He is a good man," others said, "No, he is leading the people astray." 13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

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Romans 1:29-30

29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,

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Ephesians 4:29

29 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.

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1 Timothy 5:13

13 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.

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Titus 3:2

2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

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James 1:26

26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

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James 4:11

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

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