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 20:19

  • Listen to Gods words. I have suffered extreme pain and slander because I listened to flattering lips from professing so-called Christians. I didn 't discern that they were gossipers talebearers and I got bit by them. God is trying to protect you. Those who make a habit of bringing up others personal business to you, avoid them!! Don 't be pulled in by it! Don 't join them! They are only interested in gaining your trust and they are masters at fake nice , so that they can get your personal information and use it against you and slander your name to others. They have a sick need to talk about others who are not included in the conversations meddlers and busybodies . You will notice they are always the one who initiate bringing someone else 's personal business into your conversations, with pretend concern for that person. Don 't bite the bait, don 't give them your personal business and tell them that you don 't want to know the personal business of others without them present to defend themselves. God is trying to save you from pain and from joining in their habitual sin. Listen to God and avoid them. They are not walking in love for the brethren. May God protect and bless you. In Jesus name. AMEN
  • Ruth Klein for verse 19
    Be careful who you hang out with, there are some christians who are ungodly still, anyone whose relationship with you brings you closer to God is good for you, great minds discuss ideas, great works of God, small minds(tale bearers)!

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