100 Bible Verses about Gossip

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 1,607 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 / 1,310 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:19 ESV / 1,173 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 1,153 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:20 ESV / 920 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 793 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.

Leviticus 19:16 ESV / 690 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.

James 1:26 ESV / 676 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 / 641 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.

Titus 3:2 ESV / 618 helpful votes

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

Exodus 23:1 ESV / 607 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:8 ESV / 605 helpful votes

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

Psalm 34:13 ESV / 599 helpful votes

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

James 4:11 ESV / 588 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.

Psalm 101:5 ESV / 527 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV / 492 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.

Proverbs 10:18 ESV / 467 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:29 ESV / 452 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,

Luke 6:31 ESV / 349 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:22 ESV / 345 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 299 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 297 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 278 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 273 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:4 ESV / 255 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 246 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 11:9 ESV / 218 helpful votes

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

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 217 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 3:7-8 ESV / 192 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.

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 190 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 187 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:23 ESV / 181 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 180 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 179 helpful votes

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

Psalm 19:14 ESV / 177 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 Peter 4:15 ESV / 173 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:9-10 ESV / 170 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 10:19 ESV / 168 helpful votes

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

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 164 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:20-22 ESV / 155 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 / 152 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!

Psalm 50:20 ESV / 152 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 149 helpful votes

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

Romans 2:1 ESV / 141 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.

Romans 1:29-30 ESV / 135 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,

Psalm 15:1-5 ESV / 134 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.

1 Timothy 5:13-14 ESV / 129 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 / 129 helpful votes

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

Titus 3:10 ESV / 120 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 120 helpful votes

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

Matthew 18:1-35 ESV / 110 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, ...

2 Thessalonians 3:11 ESV / 107 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:3 ESV / 106 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,

Romans 1:29-32 ESV / 105 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.

Matthew 18:17 ESV / 104 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 / 103 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.

2 Timothy 2:16 ESV / 101 helpful votes

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

James 4:11-12 ESV / 100 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?

Ephesians 4:31 ESV / 100 helpful votes

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

Matthew 18:16 ESV / 100 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 18:15 ESV / 99 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.

Titus 3:1-3 ESV / 97 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.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 96 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.

1 Timothy 3:11 ESV / 94 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:7-8 ESV / 94 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.

Romans 1:1-32 ESV / 92 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 / 92 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged.

James 3:8 ESV / 91 helpful votes

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

Psalm 31:18 ESV / 91 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:2-3 ESV / 90 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,

Jeremiah 6:28 ESV / 90 helpful votes

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

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 90 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. ...

Deuteronomy 13:14 ESV / 90 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 15:3 ESV / 89 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 / 88 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 Timothy 1:15 ESV / 88 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:28-32 ESV / 88 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.

Ezekiel 36:3 ESV / 88 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 / 88 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. ...

Proverbs 18:6-7 ESV / 88 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.

Romans 1:30 ESV / 87 helpful votes

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

Psalm 41:7 ESV / 87 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 3:9-11 ESV / 86 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 / 86 helpful votes

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

Psalm 69:1-36 ESV / 86 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. ...

Psalm 15:2-3 ESV / 85 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;

Titus 3:1-2 ESV / 83 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 / 77 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 ...

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV / 68 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.

Galatians 6:7-8 ESV / 68 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 / 67 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.

Philippians 1:27 ESV / 66 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 12:18 ESV / 61 helpful votes

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

Matthew 12:34 ESV / 60 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.

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 60 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, ...

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 58 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.

Proverbs 25:18 ESV / 58 helpful votes

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

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.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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

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