Proverbs 20:19

“He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He that goeth about as a tale-bearer, reueileth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lippes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; Therefore company not with him that openeth wide his lips.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He who goes about talking of the business of others gives away secrets: so have nothing to do with him whose lips are open wide.
- Basic English Bible

He that goeth about talebearing revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that openeth his lips.
- Darby Bible

He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
- Webster's Bible

He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets; therefore don't keep company with him who opens wide his lips.
- World English Bible

A revealer of secret counsels is the busybody, And for a deceiver [with] his lips make not thyself surety.
- Youngs Literal Bible

He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that openeth wide his lips.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Proverbs 20

  • Gary Rodgers
    Verse 19
    Beware of people that try to pry into your affairs with their charm and flattery. Being known to be a gossiper they will surely carry their knowledge of you to the ears of others.
  • Bud
    To Yolanda Jones: Go to verse 23 and see if that helps. The LORD detest differing weights and dishonest scales.
  • Michael C.
    Hi Yolanda; We could simply say, that we should judge right and equal in all things; but that would not put that verse completely in context of the whole proverb (5-12); which is about how God searches and knows us by our walking in His counsel, which He has put in our hearts; and our drawing out that understanding, unto purity and integrity in all our ways. Nothing else can commend us before Him!
  • Yolanda Jones
    I do not understand verse 10.
  • BSP
    Verse 29 shows that young ones can use their strength and power to bring glory to God.
  • Maebelle Youngblood
    Hi, Proverbs 20:21 supports our. Sunday School lesson, The Gift of Faith. Just sharing--Love, Rachel
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