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

  • 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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  • Nadine nelson-hawkins
    It means that as men we need to be humble and that it's not about us, let our spirit of God represent him because if we are the light then we must shine because as a servant of the Lord it's the closet people will see of him. Our spirit should show his work.

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