Monday, June 15, 2015

Liz's Favorite Verses Regarding Slander and Gossip

I tend to have a very broad definition of gossip & slander, so I decided to hit the books...or rather *The Book* to find out what the Bible had to say on these topics & what my view of them should be. It turns out, it has a lot to say. Here are my top verses on slander and gossip.

Verses on Slander 
Leviticus 19:16-In one word, "don't". In more words, "don't spread slander." Say what? Old Testament laws still are relevant today?
Psalm 15:1-5-David meditates on those who can live with God. (hint: no slander is part of the equation).
Psalm 101:5-Slanderers won't be tolerated. Silence the slanderers.
Proverbs 10:18-Do you want to be a fool? If so, spread slander!!
Proverbs 30:10-Slandering leads to cursing being brought down on you.
Matthew 12:31-Slander & sin can be forgiven, but don't blaspheme the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 15:19-Slander, murder, adultery, immorality, and theft are evil thoughts from our sinful hearts.
Mark 7:20-23-Slander, murder, adultery, immorality, greed, malice, deceit, envy, arrogance, folly, and lewdness, and theft are evil thoughts from our sinful hearts.
Romans 1:28-32-See gossip.
1 Corinthians 4:12-13-When we are slandered, we are to answer kindly.
1 Corinthians 5:11-We aren't to associate with the slanderer (among other types of people).
1 Corinthians 6:9-11-Wrongdoers won't enter this Kingdom of God...this includes slanders.
2 Corinthians 12:20-See gossip.
Ephesians 4:31-We are to rid ourselves of many things, including slander.
Colossians 3:8-We are to rid ourselves of many things, including slander.
1 Timothy 5:14-We are to live in a way that the enemy cannot find a way to slander us.
2 Timothy 3:1-5-There will be slanderers (among other types of people) in the last days.
Titus 2:3-Older women shouldn't be slanderers.
Titus 3:1-2-We are to obey our leaders, do good, and not slander.
James 4:11-We aren't to slander each other.
1 Peter 2:1-We are to rid ourselves of many things, including slander.
1 Peter 3:15-16-Behave in such a way that slanderers are ashamed for having slandered you.

Verses on Gossip
Proverbs 11:13-Are you trustworthy? Or do you betray the confidence people place in you?
Proverbs 16:28-Are you ending people's friendships through your words?
Proverbs 20:19-Are you to be avoided? Do you betray confidences?
Proverbs 26:20-Are you stirring up strife and dissension? Are you preventing reconciliation through your words?
Romans 1:28-32-If you gossip or slander, you are of a depraved mind, doing something that ought not be done, and ranked with God-haters, disobedient children, murderers, and the like.
2 Corinthians 12:20-Anger, rage, slander, selfish ambition, and gossip are all grouped as negative things Paul worries the church in Corinth will display. 

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