It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (Jas. 3:8) There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health. The truthful lip shall be The established forever, But a Murderous lying tongue is but for a Tongue moment. (Prov. 12:18-19) 1
GOSSIP 1 Timothy 5:13 phluaros - Old word from phluo (to boil up, to throw up bubbles, like blowing soap bubbles) (A. T. Robertson) - 3 Jno. 10 uttering or doing silly things, garrulous, babbling, foolish, trifling, vain (Thayer, 655) Since bubbles are hallow & useless things, to indulge in empty & foolish talk (Ibid.) 2
GOSSIP Empty, idle words about others Accusations &/or insinuations which discredit instead of build up Idle talk intended to turn ones opinion against a person or situation Gossip can be true or false Often encouraged by idleness 1 Tim. 5:13; 2 Ths. 3:11 3 BUSYBODY 1 Tim. 5:13; 2 Ths. 3:11
periergos (1 Tim. 5:13) - busy about trifles and neglectful of important matters, esp. busy about other folks affairs, a busybody (Thayer, 502) periergazomai (2 Ths. 3:11) used apparently of a person officiously inquisitive about others affairs (Thayer, 502) Undertake to be involved in the matters of others Meddler (mischief-maker, RSV) 1 Pet. 4:15 4 TALEBEARER Prov. 11:13; 20:19; 26:20
Speaking evil of one who is absent Not willing to publicly confront (face to face) Cowardly sin (Matt. 18:15) Motive of hate Psa. 41:7 Excites suspicion by secretly dropping hints that one is evil 6 WHISPERER Rom. 1:29; 2 Cor. 12:20 Whisperers are cowardly sneaks who have not the courage to come out in the open and say damaging things about others, but secretly peddle their slanderous statements and insinuations
against the object or objects of their campaign of spite. They usually add: Be sure not to use my name in connection with the matter, for I do not want to get mixed up in the mess. Such characters have been aptly termed snakes in the grass. They would destroy a good name, and then gloat over what they had been able to accomplish. Only the Lord can properly award such characters. (R. L. Whiteside, Commentary on Romans, 43) 7 SLANDERER 2 Timothy 3:3 (1 Tim. 3:11) Accuse, defame, malign with falsehood diabolos - Those who are given to finding fault with
the demeanor & conduct of others, and spreading their innuendos & criticisms in the church (Vine, 580) Foolish Prov. 10:18 Slander is driven by pride & envy Psa. 101:5 Overcome slander by overcoming envy & pride Or, be destroyed! Psa. 101:5 8 BACKBITER Rom. 1:30; 2 Cor. 12:20
katalalos a defamer, evil speaker (Thayer, 332) More open & bold than the whisperer, although such a person does not face the accused with his slander Backbiting causes anger Prov. 25:23 Backbiter does not abide with God Psa. 15:1, 3 9 HOW CAN WE AVOID THESE SINS? Refuse the tasty morsel Prov. 26:22 Guard your tongue - Prov. 13:3; 21:23 Ask yourself these questions:
Is it true? (Eph. 4:25) Why am I repeating it? What is the likely outcome: Help or harm? (Eph. 4:29) Have I talked with the person Im talking about? 10 HOW CAN WE AVOID THESE SINS? Remember the result of such sins:
Strife (Prov. 26:20) Wounds (Prov. 18:8) Trouble for the soul (Prov. 21:23) Death (Prov. 18:21) Divine wrath (Psa. 101:5; Prov. 6:19) 11 Idle words bring condemnation Matthew 12:36-37 Restrain the mouth! Psalm
39:1 The Murderous Tongue 12 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
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