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Bridgeway Bible Dictionary [1]

An ancient Israelite proverb expresses the truth that the more people talk, the more they are liable to sin ( Proverbs 10:19). This is one reason why the Bible constantly urges people to control their tongues ( Psalms 141:3;  Proverbs 16:23;  Proverbs 17:27-28;  James 1:19;  James 3:7-10). It is very easy to gossip. What starts as idle talk can easily lead to exaggerations, half-truths and false impressions, all of which can do much damage ( James 3:2;  James 3:5).

Gossip can become a habit; worse still, an enjoyable habit ( Proverbs 11:13;  Proverbs 18:8). In spreading rumours, people may have the deliberate intention to slander others ( Psalms 31:13;  Psalms 50:20;  Proverbs 10:18;  Romans 3:8) or they may just be foolish chatterers ( Proverbs 26:20;  Ecclesiastes 5:3;  Matthew 12:36), but either way they will probably cause trouble ( Proverbs 26:18-20).

God links gossip with some of the most hateful sins ( Romans 1:29-30), and constantly warns his people against it ( Psalms 101:5;  Proverbs 10:19;  2 Corinthians 12:20;  James 4:11;  1 Peter 2:1). All who are in positions of leadership or influence must be especially careful not to gossip ( 1 Timothy 3:11;  Titus 2:3). (See also Tongue .)

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [2]

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