30 Important Bible Verses About Talking Bad about Others

Proverbs 11:9 – Gossip Betrays Trust

“With their mouths, the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.”

Proverbs 16:28 – A Troublemaker Sows Strife

“A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

Proverbs 17:9 – Covering Offenses

“Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”

Proverbs 18:8 – Gossip’s Poison

“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.”

Proverbs 20:19 – A Trustworthy Person Keeps a Secret

“A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.”

Proverbs 29:11 – The Wise Keep Quiet

“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”

Matthew 12:36-37 – Account for Every Idle Word

“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words, you will be acquitted, and by your words, you will be condemned.”

Matthew 15:11 – Words that Defile

“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

Matthew 18:15 – Address Conflict Directly

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”

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Mark 7:20-23 – Evil Comes from Within

“He went on: ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.'”

Proverbs 26:20-22 – Sparks Start Fires

“Without wood, a fire goes out; without a gossip, a quarrel dies down. As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.”

Titus 3:2 – Show Humility

“…to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”

Proverbs 10:18 – Spreading Hatred

“Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.”

James 3:5-6 – The Power of the Tongue

“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”

Proverbs 13:3 – Guard Your Words

“Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”

Proverbs 26:20 – Cease Strife with No Fuel

“Without wood, a fire goes out; without a gossip, a quarrel dies down.”

James 4:11 – No Slander Among Believers

“Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.”

Ephesians 4:29 – Edify with Good Words

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

1 Timothy 3:11 – Slanderous Talk

“In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers, but temperate and trustworthy in everything.”

Proverbs 25:23 – Cold Water on Hot Words

“Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.”

James 1:26 – Incontrovertible Religion

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”

Matthew 7:1-3 – Remove the Log

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?’

Leviticus 19:16 – Do Not Go About as a Slanderer

“Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.”

Proverbs 4:24 – Guard Your Mouth

“Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.”

1 Peter 2:1 – Lay Aside All Malice

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”

Proverbs 20:22 – God Will Take Vengeance

“Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.”

Proverbs 17:4 – An Evildoer Listens to Evil Lips

“Evildoers listen to evil lips; liars pay attention to malicious tongues.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 – Sins God Hates

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”

Proverbs 10:31 – The Mouth of the Wicked Conceals Violence

“From the mouth of the wicked comes the enemy of violence, but the mouth of the righteous delivers them.”

Psalm 15:3 – Speak Truth from the Heart

“The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart.”

Proverbs 21:23 – Guard Your Mouth and Your Soul

“Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”

Proverbs 6:12-15 – Perverse and Worthless Men

“A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers, who plots evil with deceit in his heart—he always stirs up conflict. Therefore, disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.”

Proverbs 11:13 – A Trustworthy Person Keeps a Secret

“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”

Proverbs 26:24-26 – Deceit in the Heart

“Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts, they harbor deceit. Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts. Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.”

Ephesians 5:4 – Obscene, Foolish Talk

“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

Proverbs 15:4 – Gentle Tongue, Healing Spirit

“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”

Proverbs 16:28-29 – Dishonest Whisperers

“A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good.”

Proverbs 26:22 – Fire Without Wood

“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.”

Proverbs 12:22 – Lying Lips are Detestable

“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”

James 3:9-10 – Blessing and Cursing from the Same Mouth

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”

Matthew 16:24 – Take Up the Cross and Follow Jesus

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.'”

Proverbs 18:21 – Life and Death in the Power of the Tongue

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

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