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What does the Bible say about gossip?

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lovinangels

Asked by lovinangels at 1:02 AM on Dec. 22, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Proverbs 11:13 A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret
    Proverbs 16:27-28 A scoundrel plots evil,
    and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.

    28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
    and a gossip separates close friends.
    gou18

    Answer by gou18 at 1:10 AM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • It's addressed quite a few places, but I'd say the general consensus is it's a Bad Thing (tm).
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:58 AM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • Since most gossip is based in malice. There's the false witness, and love your neighbor as yourself.
    oldermomof5

    Answer by oldermomof5 at 3:17 AM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • James 3 1*18
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 6:41 AM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • In the words of Mater (lol) the Bible says "ta not to" :)
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 9:46 AM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • (the ta instead of to was meant to try to capture the way it sounds when he says it, lol)
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 9:47 AM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • No idea what the bible says but collective humanity knows it generally can only cause upset to the person discussed.
    Waxing_Lyrical

    Answer by Waxing_Lyrical at 9:56 AM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • dont.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 10:53 AM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • Gossip is not necessarily bad because serious matters can arrise from it and can solutions can be found. Let me tell you straight here---"My neighbors house was vandalized and robbed=community awareness." KWIM? However, when gossip turns malicious then it becomes slander and it is dangerous. HTH
    2tinyhineys

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 10:54 AM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • Gossip is not necessarily bad because serious matters can arrise from it and can solutions can be found.

    Is that gossip, if it's serving a purpose? If any information being passed from one person to another can be called "gossip" that would extend to including "spreading the good news" as well. A key component of something being gossip is that it isn't meaningful. Like in the actual definition:
    idle talk or rumor, esp. about the personal or private affairs of others
    Saying your neighbor's house was vandalized isn't idle (having no basis in reason) or rumor - it's passing on a fact, potentially for the safety of others.
    On the other hand, something like "she's afraid of me and she can't prove anything so she lost the argument" is both idle (has no basis in reason) and rumor (based on someone's suspicions without proof).
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:34 AM on Dec. 22, 2010

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