100 Bible Verses about Gossip

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 2,421 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 2,336 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:19 ESV / 2,257 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 2,094 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:20 ESV / 1,807 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 19:16 ESV / 1,421 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 18:8 ESV / 1,303 helpful votes

The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

James 1:26 ESV / 1,156 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 5:13 ESV / 1,156 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 1,137 helpful votes

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.

Exodus 23:1 ESV / 1,058 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV / 1,039 helpful votes

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.

Psalm 34:13 ESV / 1,014 helpful votes

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

James 4:11 ESV / 1,002 helpful votes

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.

Titus 3:2 ESV / 915 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:29 ESV / 890 helpful votes

They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,

Psalm 101:5 ESV / 886 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:18 ESV / 877 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:22 ESV / 706 helpful votes

The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 666 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 584 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:4 ESV / 560 helpful votes

An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

Luke 6:31 ESV / 529 helpful votes

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Proverbs 11:9 ESV / 526 helpful votes

With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 506 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 487 helpful votes

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 458 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Proverbs 25:23 ESV / 449 helpful votes

The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 421 helpful votes

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 415 helpful votes

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Proverbs 26:20-22 ESV / 401 helpful votes

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

1 Peter 4:15 ESV / 397 helpful votes

But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 392 helpful votes

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

James 3:5 ESV / 387 helpful votes

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 382 helpful votes

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

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 377 helpful votes

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

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 350 helpful votes

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 345 helpful votes

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 328 helpful votes

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

1 Timothy 5:13-14 ESV / 313 helpful votes

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. So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 309 helpful votes

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Proverbs 25:9-10 ESV / 306 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:29-32 ESV / 293 helpful votes

They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Romans 1:29-30 ESV / 288 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 3:11 ESV / 278 helpful votes

For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.

Titus 2:3 ESV / 276 helpful votes

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,

James 3:7-8 ESV / 271 helpful votes

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.

Psalm 15:1-5 ESV / 270 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 269 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

1 Timothy 3:11 ESV / 261 helpful votes

Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.

Matthew 18:1-35 ESV / 260 helpful votes

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, ...

Matthew 18:17 ESV / 255 helpful votes

If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Proverbs 18:7-8 ESV / 248 helpful votes

A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul. The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Psalm 31:18 ESV / 246 helpful votes

Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.

1 Peter 3:16 ESV / 244 helpful votes

Having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

Ephesians 4:31 ESV / 243 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Psalm 50:20 ESV / 243 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:1-32 ESV / 242 helpful votes

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, ...

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 240 helpful votes

But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

Titus 2:2-3 ESV / 234 helpful votes

Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,

Romans 1:28-32 ESV / 234 helpful votes

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Psalm 41:7 ESV / 234 helpful votes

All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me.

1 Timothy 3:9-11 ESV / 231 helpful votes

They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.

Jeremiah 6:28 ESV / 230 helpful votes

They are all stubbornly rebellious, going about with slanders; they are bronze and iron; all of them act corruptly.

Matthew 18:16 ESV / 229 helpful votes

But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.

Matthew 7:1 ESV / 229 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged.

James 3:8 ESV / 227 helpful votes

But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Proverbs 18:6-7 ESV / 226 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 13:14 ESV / 226 helpful votes

Then you shall inquire and make search and ask diligently. And behold, if it be true and certain that such an abomination has been done among you,

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 224 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

James 3:6 ESV / 223 helpful votes

And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

Ezekiel 36:3 ESV / 223 helpful votes

Therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord God: Precisely because they made you desolate and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you became the talk and evil gossip of the people,

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 223 helpful votes

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. ...

Matthew 18:15 ESV / 222 helpful votes

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Psalm 15:2-3 ESV / 221 helpful votes

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;

Psalm 15:3 ESV / 220 helpful votes

Who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

1 Corinthians 1:11 ESV / 213 helpful votes

For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.

2 Timothy 1:15 ESV / 210 helpful votes

You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.

Romans 1:30 ESV / 210 helpful votes

Slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,

Psalm 69:1-36 ESV / 198 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. Of David. Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God. More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me, those who attack me with lies. What I did not steal must I now restore? O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you. ...

James 4:11-12 ESV / 183 helpful votes

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. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Proverbs 19:5 ESV / 180 helpful votes

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 171 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Titus 3:1-2 ESV / 171 helpful votes

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

Proverbs 16:27 ESV / 169 helpful votes

A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

Psalm 41:6 ESV / 167 helpful votes

And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity; when he goes out, he tells it abroad.

1 Timothy 5:19 ESV / 158 helpful votes

Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV / 154 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 152 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Titus 3:10 ESV / 144 helpful votes

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,

Romans 2:1 ESV / 144 helpful votes

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.

Galatians 6:7-8 ESV / 143 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

3 John 1:9-10 ESV / 138 helpful votes

I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.

Matthew 5:11 ESV / 138 helpful votes

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 137 helpful votes

You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

James 4:17 ESV / 134 helpful votes

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 133 helpful votes

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, ...

Ephesians 5:11 ESV / 127 helpful votes

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 126 helpful votes

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Psalm 15:1-3 ESV / 118 helpful votes

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;

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