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What Does the Bible Say about Gossip & Slander?

Mark is from Utah and is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


A Real Example

I know someone that says he has no control over what he says. He has no filter. Many have been offended by what he says. I have joked with him that he has a gift for turning most things that people say into an innuendo. I don’t think anything will change until he has gotten burned too many times by what he has said.

From Psalms, Proverbs, Matthew, John, Ephesians & Titus

So what does the Bible say? Psalms 34:13 says: “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” What is guile? According to, it is cunning, craftiness and duplicity.

My favorite book in the Old Testament is Proverbs. I love the practical and sometimes humorous ideas that are shared. Proverbs 21:23 says: “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.”

What did Jesus say? Matthew 5:11 from the Sermon on the Mount says: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” Realize that when you are trying to do good, others will often try to tear you down. I have found this to be true and I believe it is because they feel guilty about what they are doing.

Matthew 12:36 says: “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” When that little voice tells you not to say something, perhaps it is best to listen.

John 8:7, when Jesus was approached by the accusers with the adulteress: “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” When we are tempted to speak ill of others, perhaps we should consider our own faults before we share our negative ideas.

Ephesians 4:29 says: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” It’s always good to say good things instead of negative things. If you say kind and genuine things to others, it will build them up and they may like you more.

Titus 3:2 says: “To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” To avoid evil speaking can sometimes be hard to do when others are not kind. But the Lord will bless us if we return with kindness.

What is your intent?

“A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.”

— William Blake


Gossip and slander are like a disease that spreads. It can be tempting to talk badly about someone when they have wronged us. But it may be best to think twice before spreading negativity. Would you say the same things if they were present?

Another thing to consider is that Satan is the father of lies, who twists truth. Are we twisting the truth when we speak of others? Do we share the truths which direct us? Or do we tear others down?

I strive to be candid without being destructive in my dealings with others. I invite you to the same.

© 2020 Mark Richardson

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