100 Bible Verses about Gossip

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 1,170 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 / 787 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 643 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:19 ESV / 614 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 594 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.

Titus 3:2 ESV / 471 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:20 ESV / 459 helpful votes

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

James 1:26 ESV / 402 helpful votes

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

Psalm 34:13 ESV / 384 helpful votes

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

Exodus 23:1 ESV / 384 helpful votes

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

James 4:11 ESV / 380 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.

1 Timothy 5:13 ESV / 356 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.

Leviticus 19:16 ESV / 337 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.

Psalm 101:5 ESV / 335 helpful votes

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

Luke 6:31 ESV / 273 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:18 ESV / 261 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:8 ESV / 254 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:29 ESV / 242 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,

2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV / 226 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.

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 186 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Proverbs 26:22 ESV / 157 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 156 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 153 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 145 helpful votes

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

James 3:7-8 ESV / 143 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.

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 138 helpful votes

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

Romans 2:1 ESV / 136 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.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 131 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.

Psalm 50:20 ESV / 126 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 115 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:4 ESV / 114 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 109 helpful votes

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

Titus 3:10 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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

Titus 3:1-3 ESV / 96 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. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 93 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:9-10 ESV / 88 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.

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 84 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:9 ESV / 81 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 79 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:2 ESV / 77 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Psalm 15:1-5 ESV / 73 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.

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 72 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.

Proverbs 25:23 ESV / 67 helpful votes

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

Philippians 1:27 ESV / 64 helpful votes

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

Proverbs 11:3 ESV / 62 helpful votes

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 58 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 4:15 ESV / 57 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 57 helpful votes

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

1 Timothy 5:12-14 ESV / 56 helpful votes

And so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. 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.

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 53 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Proverbs 26:20-22 ESV / 51 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.

James 3:5 ESV / 49 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!

Romans 1:29-30 ESV / 49 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,

Romans 3:23 ESV / 48 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Matthew 5:37 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

1 Timothy 5:13-14 ESV / 46 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 / 45 helpful votes

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

James 4:11-12 ESV / 44 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?

Matthew 18:1-35 ESV / 44 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, ...

3 John 1:9-10 ESV / 42 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.

Titus 3:1-2 ESV / 42 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.

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 41 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, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 40 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:18 ESV / 40 helpful votes

A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.

Titus 2:3 ESV / 39 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,

Matthew 18:17 ESV / 39 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.

1 Peter 3:16 ESV / 38 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.

Matthew 18:15 ESV / 38 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.

Matthew 18:16 ESV / 37 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.

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:31 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:15 ESV / 36 helpful votes

The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 36 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, ...

Galatians 5:13 ESV / 35 helpful votes

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Psalm 41:1-13 ESV / 33 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him; the Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health. As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!” My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die, and his name perish?” ...

Proverbs 26:17 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

Deuteronomy 19:15 ESV / 32 helpful votes

“A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established.

2 Thessalonians 3:11 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:29-32 ESV / 30 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.

John 16:1-33 ESV / 30 helpful votes

“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ ...

James 3:8 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Psalm 31:18 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Psalm 15:3 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

James 3:6 ESV / 28 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.

Titus 2:2-3 ESV / 28 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,

2 Timothy 1:15 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 3:11 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 3:9-11 ESV / 28 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.

1 Corinthians 1:11 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:30 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:28-32 ESV / 28 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.

Romans 1:1-32 ESV / 28 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, ...

Matthew 7:1 ESV / 28 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged.

Jeremiah 6:28 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:6-7 ESV / 28 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.

Proverbs 1:7 ESV / 28 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Psalm 41:7 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 36:3 ESV / 26 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 / 26 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. ...

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