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What does the Bible say about Gossip?

Exodus 23:1 (NKJV) “You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.”

Leviticus 19:16 (NKJV) You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.”

Psalm 34:13 (NKJV) Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.”

Proverbs 10:18 (NKJV) Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool.”

Proverbs 11:11–13 (NKJV) By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, But a man of understanding holds his peace.A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.”

Proverbs 12:18 (NKJV) There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.”

Proverbs 16:28 (NKJV) A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends.”

Proverbs 17:9 (NKJV) He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.”

Proverbs 20:19 (NKJV) He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.”

Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV) Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”

2 Corinthians 12:20 (NKJV) For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults;”

James 3:9–10 (NKJV) With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”

James 4:11 (NKJV) Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.”

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