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

  • Valeie Lowery
    Understanding the word diverse, mixed or unblance weights and meassure.
    Meaning short changing or cheating people who are unaware of the actual cost of something. God don't like that!
    Ex: buyers something from the market and it weighs one amount, but when u get home u find something in it that added to the weigh and measure! Bummer
  • Lashon clark
    Its refreshing to no that if a person is truley of the spirit of god. And gossips on you . I will need to quickly separate from that false spirit
  • 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.

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