100 Bible Verses about Gossip

Proverbs 20:19 ESV / 6,590 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 6,518 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 5,899 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 5,751 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 26:20 ESV / 5,559 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 19:16 ESV / 4,386 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 / 4,105 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 5:13 ESV / 3,276 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.

2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV / 3,193 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.

James 1:26 ESV / 2,862 helpful votes

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

Exodus 23:1 ESV / 2,819 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:29 ESV / 2,741 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 34:13 ESV / 2,623 helpful votes

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

James 4:11 ESV / 2,513 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.

Proverbs 10:18 ESV / 2,469 helpful votes

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

Psalm 101:5 ESV / 2,452 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:22 ESV / 2,351 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 2,312 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.

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 2,233 helpful votes

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

Titus 3:2 ESV / 2,066 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 1,844 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:9 ESV / 1,822 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:4 ESV / 1,811 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:23 ESV / 1,656 helpful votes

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

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 1,487 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 1,408 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 1,387 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.

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 1,342 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 1,333 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

James 3:5 ESV / 1,261 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 26:20-22 ESV / 1,245 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.

Luke 6:31 ESV / 1,242 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 1,209 helpful votes

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

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 1,156 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.

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 1,153 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 1,146 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 4:15 ESV / 1,135 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 1,129 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:29-30 ESV / 1,128 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,

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 1,065 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 1:29-32 ESV / 1,030 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.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 992 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 6:28 ESV / 981 helpful votes

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

Matthew 18:17 ESV / 976 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.

Matthew 18:1-35 ESV / 974 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, ...

Psalm 31:18 ESV / 948 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:28-32 ESV / 885 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.

Proverbs 18:7-8 ESV / 881 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.

1 Timothy 5:19 ESV / 852 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:9-10 ESV / 828 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.

Ephesians 5:11 ESV / 823 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:2-3 ESV / 816 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,

1 Timothy 5:13-14 ESV / 799 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.

1 Peter 3:16 ESV / 794 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 / 788 helpful votes

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

Psalm 15:1-5 ESV / 782 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.

James 3:6 ESV / 779 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.

2 Thessalonians 3:11 ESV / 773 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 762 helpful votes

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

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 748 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. ...

Psalm 15:3 ESV / 742 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 3:8 ESV / 737 helpful votes

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

Matthew 18:16 ESV / 730 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.

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 725 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 7:1 ESV / 718 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged.

Deuteronomy 13:14 ESV / 711 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 41:7 ESV / 708 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:5 ESV / 703 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 3:9-11 ESV / 701 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.

Psalm 15:2-3 ESV / 696 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;

Proverbs 16:27 ESV / 659 helpful votes

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

Psalm 41:6 ESV / 653 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 Peter 2:1 ESV / 625 helpful votes

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

Psalm 15:1-3 ESV / 604 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;

Proverbs 18:6-7 ESV / 600 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 15:1 ESV / 580 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:3 ESV / 551 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,

Proverbs 26:28 ESV / 540 helpful votes

A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

James 3:2 ESV / 534 helpful votes

For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

Matthew 18:15 ESV / 530 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.

1 Timothy 3:11 ESV / 511 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 36:3 ESV / 492 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,

Romans 1:1-32 ESV / 490 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, ...

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 488 helpful votes

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 480 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,

Proverbs 26:17 ESV / 480 helpful votes

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

Titus 3:1-2 ESV / 474 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.

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 473 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.

Romans 1:30 ESV / 450 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV / 447 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.

Proverbs 11:12 ESV / 438 helpful votes

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.

Galatians 6:7-8 ESV / 437 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.

1 Corinthians 1:11 ESV / 432 helpful votes

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

Psalm 50:20 ESV / 430 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 1:15 ESV / 420 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 5:11-13 ESV / 416 helpful votes

But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry 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.

Proverbs 1:10 ESV / 394 helpful votes

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

Psalm 69:1-36 ESV / 387 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. ...

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 384 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Proverbs 12:22 ESV / 383 helpful votes

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

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