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

  • BSP
    Verse 22 shows that we need to wait on God to take care of the unjust things that we go through. He is fully aware of all the factors and he knows best how to deal with such things.
  • Nola Brown
    Proverbs 20:24 - I believe it is emphasizing the impossibility of human-being to understand his actions
  • Irene123
    Thank-you for your concern for His truth. I have known for 50 yrs. His name is Jesus - Acts 2:38. It is nice to see others on here.
  • Mr. Smith
    Irene, God HAS HAD mercy on souls. His name is Jesus and his dying for those souls and sending the Holy Spirit. Now it's up to those very souls to have mercy on themselves by accepting that sacrifice and allowing the H.S. to comfort and guide them into the abundance and joy of the Kingdom of God...which, by the way, is already in us. Luke 17:20-21
  • Irene123
    Pro.20:1 - May God have mercy on souls ................
  • Brianna
    Vs. 1 I believe Carolyn hit it on the head. Good point about the first miracle Jesus performed. When in moderation, wine is an enjoyment. However, as with anything, our loving father warns us about over-indulging.

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