The Dangers of Gossip and The Importance of Encouraging Each Other

GossipYou shall not give false testimony against your neighbor – Exodus 20:16

How to handle gossip you hear?

If you hear it said about one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you to live in that wicked men have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known), then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly – Deuteronomy 13:12-15

‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people – Leviticus 19:16

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer – Psalm 19:14

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies – Psalm 34:13

The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just – Psalm 37:30

Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure – Psalm 101:5

With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escape… A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret – Proverbs 11: 9;13

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them – Proverbs 12:6


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