What does the bible say about gossip?


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Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

It's not big on gossip. Proverbs 16:28 says, "A dishonest man spreads strife,and a whisperer separates close friends..." and that's only one example among many.

Of course, that's never stopped anyone from gossiping and back-biting, and In Ogden 22:14 we read, "Fear not the back-biter for the back-biter bites thee only behind thy back. Fear rather the front-biter for he will back-bite thee to thy face."

Cookie Hill Profile
Cookie Hill answered

Gossip is idle personal talk, groundless rumor.  Not all gossip is bad  or damaging, though it can be,  The danger of loose, idle talk is emphasize many times in the Bible. At Proverbs 15:2 , "The tongue of the wise makes good use of knowledge, But the mouth of the stupid blurts out foolishness ."  Proverbs 13:3 ," The one guarding his mouth protects his life, But the one opening his lips wide will come to ruin."  Proverbs 21:23,  " The one guarding his mouth and his tongue  Keeps himself out of trouble." 

AnnNettie Paradise Profile

The Bible says that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21) Yes, our words can be like tools for building or like weapons for destroying. Sad to say, many today use their tongue for the latter purpose. (harmful gossip) They are like some described by the psalmist David who have “sharpened their tongue just like a sword, who have aimed their arrow, bitter speech, to shoot from concealed places at someone blameless.” (Psalm 64:2-4) Those who want to please God should not spread untrue reports, for the Bible states that “false lips are something detestable to Jehovah.” (Proverbs 12:22) Deliberately starting or passing on a rumor that you know is untrue is lying, and the Bible says that Christians are to “put away falsehood” and to “speak truth each one . . . With his neighbor.” (Ephesians 4:25)

Michael Poland Profile
Michael Poland answered

Which one? There are thousands, and they are all different.

Why don't you write a new one?

Darik Majoren Profile
Darik Majoren answered

Proverbs 6:19 - Talks about lying and sowing discord amongst the brethren.

I believe the message here is "Intent to do harm" to another's reputation. Whether it is an outright lie or a hidden truth, it is the act of conveying the information out of malice that defines it as gossip.

I have found, in my many years as a church goer, that often gossip is spread by the Self Righteous in the congregation. Although it is veiled with the Prefix message of "Please keep [member of congregation] in prayer, . . . . " Or " [member of congregation] is under attack by Satan. We must pray for them while they are . . . "

The information can be anything from " . . . Struggling with Alcoholism." to " . . . Sleeping with their bosses wife."  . . . The point is, it is of no concern of anyone else's. Even information that seems harmless like "I would love to help them during this time of financial turmoil." can start out as good intent but is often just a way to look good in the eyes of the church and not out of selflessness. If a person wants prayer or additional attention during a troubled time, they will either ask for it, or let an elder of the church know.

thanked the writer.
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
Why are you surprised to find the Pharisee mentality extant in current current human existence?

“Language in freely forming natural conversations is principally used for the exchange of social information. That such topics are so overwhelmingly important to us suggests that this is a primary function of language. Gossip is what makes human society as we know it possible.”---evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar
Darik Majoren
Darik Majoren commented
I don't think I sited that I was surprised.
I will mention that while understanding intent is important it is usually always to promote "Self". Whether it be in Theistic groups or Secular circles.
Diane  Howard Profile
Diane Howard answered

Well one of the things it tells us is at 1 Peter 4:15 "However, let none of you suffer as a murderer  or a thief or a wrongdoer or a  busybody in other people's matter." Also at 1 Timothy 5:13 we are told, " At the same time they also learn to be unoccupied, going around from one house to another; yes , not only unoccupied  but also gossipers  and meddlers in other people's  affairs , talking about things they should not ". So God's word definitely has a negative view of gossip !

Ann Dougherty Profile
Ann Dougherty answered

Try these two for size, all from the New International Translation:-

Proverbs 11 v 13 & 20 v 19 "A gossip betrays a confidence"

Proverbs 16 v 29 "A gossip separates close friends"

Proverbs 26 v 20 "Without gossip a quarrel dies down"

There are others, mainly in Proverbs.  These are typical.

I trust we all understand the difference between friendly chat and gossip.

thanked the writer.
Robert Anonymous
Robert Anonymous commented

"You shall not go around as a gossipmonger amidst your people. ..."

Leviticus 19.16

I am surprised no one has yet quoted this source, as The Five Books of Moses is considered to have greater status than the books of Prophets or Writings.

I hope this helps.

(I've put this in "Comments" as I am blocked from posting an answer here.)


Ty Hibb Profile
Ty Hibb answered

Gossip means talking about someone. There is good gossip and there is bad gossip. Good gossip does not destroy a person's name, such as "John Doe is a very kind man". Bad gossip tears down a person's reputation, such as "John Doe is very arrogant" and could possible be slanderous. The bible says at Pro 20:19 "A slander goes about revealing confidential talk; Do not associate with one who loves to gossip"

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