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9 Bible Verses About Gossip

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Gossip is defined as talk or rumors about the personal lives of others. A gossip is someone who repeats the stories about other people, often instigating drama.

It can devastate friendships, damage reputations, destroy self-esteem, and divide relationships.

Victims of gossip may suffer from anxiety, depression, and have thoughts of suicide because of the things that have been spoken about them. Here are 9 bible verses about gossip that reveal the destructive nature of this sin of the tongue.

The King James Version of the Bible calls a person who gossips a talebearer and a busybody. You will see these words come up when you search Bible verses about gossip.


two girls look shocked after gossiping. Revealing Bible verses about gossip


9 Bible Verses About Gossip

  1. Leviticus 19:16
  2. Proverbs 11:13
  3. Proverbs 18:18
  4. Proverbs 20:19
  5. Proverbs 26:20
  6. Proverbs 26:22
  7. 1 Timothy 5:13
  8. 2 Thessalonians 3:11
  9. 1 Peter 4:15

What does the Bible say about gossip?


 Leviticus 19:16 ~ Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.

The Israelites were to stand out from the rest of the world around them, so God gave them guidelines for living. (The purpose for the book of Leviticus.)
God is holy, and his people represent him on this earth, so they need to be holy, which includes abstaining from gossip. (1Peter 1:15-16)

 Proverbs 11:13 ~ A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. 

Just because we know the secrets of others doesn’t give us the right to share them. As daughters of the King, we want to be faithful, trustworthy, and loyal like Jesus.

Bible verses about the damaging effects of gossip


Proverbs 18:8 ~ The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Gossip is a gut-buster. Those deep wounds are slow-healing. 

Proverbs 20:19 ~ He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Flattery is one way that a talebearer will get into someone’s good graces. They attempt to befriend them and butter them up with their compliments and praise. That verse is a good admonition to exercise discernment when meeting new people. Prove them out before drawing them too close. (1Thess. 5:21)
Proverbs 26:20 ~ Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. 


Talebearers stoke the flames of strife. But when we refuse to give an ear to gossip we snuff the fire before it burns up reputations and relationships.


Proverbs 26:22 ~ The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 

When the scriptures are repeated verbatim we should heed the warning in the words. God wants us to understand that rumor-spreading and secret-sharing seriously hurt people.

Tattlers and busybodies:


1Timothy 5:13 ~ And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.


The context of this passage is Paul’s instructions to Timothy about how to handle young widows. He was sharing a common thread he had witnessed and how to avoid having gossipers in the church. It reveals that idleness is a catalyst for women to become busybodies, meddling in the lives of others.


Jesus said in Matthew 12:39 that we will give an account for every idle word we speak, so we should be careful with our words.  A great memory verse to use as a tongue tamer is Psalm 141:3- Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.


2 Thessalonians 3:11 ~ For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.


God forbid we have that testimony as a disciple of Christ! When we are diligently seeking and serving the Lord, we don’t even have time to concern ourselves with the affairs of others. 


1Peter 4:15 ~ But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

Suffering for the sake of the gospel is acceptable because God is glorified. But suffering as a result of being a gossiper is shameful. These bible verses about gossip are convicting!


Why Do We Gossip?

We know that gossip is a sin and can do a lot of damage, but we still find ourselves giving in to the temptation to dish the dirt on someone else. Why?
Because in our flesh is no good thing (Rom. 7:18), and when we’re not walking in the Spirit, things like envy and pride will rule us. Those are two of the main drivers behind the urge to tear someone else down with our tattling.

Gossiping about someone else may give us a temporary feeling of superiority or importance at being “in the know”. It may even bring a rush of adrenaline as we divulge the juicy details of a sordid tale. But those feelings will quickly give way to shame as our wicked ways are exposed.

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)

Instead of Gossiping, We Should:

Galatians 5:16 ~ This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

If gossiping is a product of letting our flesh rule us, then walking in the Spirit will keep us from telling the tales of others.  When we walk in the Spirit love will cover their sins, meekness will prompt us to esteem them as better than ourselves, goodness will see the best in them, and temperance will help us filter our thoughts and words about them. (Gal. 5:22-23)


If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary love. – Amy Carmichael



Rumor-spreading and secret-sharing should never be a part of the believer’s life. If gossip is a stronghold for you, I encourage you to repent. Tame your tongue. Run your words through the filter of- is it kind, helpful, or necessary– if it’s not, don’t say it!

Write these 9 bibles verses about gossip on notecards and place them where you can see them several times over the course of the day. Memorize them and recite them when you are tempted to speak about others.

Gossip is destructive. It’s a sharp tool of the enemy to sow discord among the body of Christ as we cut each other down.

Use your influence to build up and not tear down. Choose to share the story of Jesus instead! Repeat his words and speak of his wonderful works. Proclaim the gospel because it is life-giving and soul-saving. It’s the best news ever, and worthy of repeating!

Be a faithful follower of Christ and refuse to participate in the devil’s plan to divide and destroy.



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