Proverbs 20:19
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New International Version
A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.

New Living Translation
A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don't hang around with chatterers.

English Standard Version
Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

New American Standard Bible
He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip.

King James Bible
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who reveals secrets is a constant gossip; avoid someone with a big mouth.

International Standard Version
Whoever spreads gossip betrays confidences; so don't get involved with someone who talks too much.

NET Bible
The one who goes about gossiping reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with someone who is always opening his mouth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that reveals a secret is a slanderer, and he that is faithful in his spirit hides a matter; and do not associate with one whose lips are hasty.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever goes around as a gossip tells secrets. Do not associate with a person whose mouth is always open.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets; Therefore meddle not with him that openeth wide his lips.

New American Standard 1977
He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets,
            Therefore do not associate with a gossip.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore meddle not with him that flatters with his lips.

King James 2000 Bible
He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore associate not with him who flatters with his lips.

American King James Version
He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flatters with his lips.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Meddle not with him that revealeth secrets, and walketh deceitfully, and openeth wide his lips.

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

English Revised Version
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that openeth wide his lips.

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
A revealer of secret counsels is the busybody, And for a deceiver with his lips make not thyself surety.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
20:7. A good man is not liable to uneasiness in contriving what he shall do, or in reflecting on what he has done, as those who walk in deceit. And his family fare better for his sake. 8. If great men are good men, they may do much good, and prevent very much evil. 9. Some can say, Through grace, we are cleaner than we have been; but it was the work of the Holy Spirit. 10. See the various deceits men use, of which the love of money is the root. The Lord will not bless what is thus gotten. 11. Parents should observe their children, that they may manage them accordingly. 12. All our powers and faculties are from God, and are to be employed for him. 13. Those that indulge themselves, may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. 14. Men use arts to get a good bargain, and to buy cheap; whereas a man ought to be ashamed of a fraud and a lie. 15. He that prefers true knowledge to riches, follows the ways of religion and happiness. If we really believed this truth, the word of God would be valued as it deserves, and the world would lose its tempting influence. 16. Those ruin themselves who entangle themselves in rash suretiship. Also those who are in league with abandoned women. Place no confidence in either. 17. Wealth gotten by fraud may be sweet, for the carnal mind takes pleasure in the success of wicked devices; but it will be bitter in the reflection. 18. Especially we need advice in spiritual warfare. The word and Spirit of God are the best counsellors in every point. 19. Those dearly buy their own praise, who put confidence in a man because he speaks fairly. 20. An undutiful child will become very miserable. Never let him expect any peace or comfort. 21. An estate suddenly raised, is often as suddenly ruined. 22. Wait on the Lord, attend his pleasure, and he will protect thee.
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
18Prepare plans by consultation, And make war by wise guidance. 19He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip. 20He who curses his father or his mother, His lamp will go out in time of darkness.…
Cross References
Leviticus 19:16
'You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the LORD.

Proverbs 11:13
He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.

Proverbs 13:3
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Treasury of Scripture

He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flatters with his lips.

that goeth

Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer reveals secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit …

Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the …

Proverbs 26:20-22 Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, …

Leviticus 19:16 You shall not go up and down as a talebearer among your people: neither …

meddle

Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear you the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them …

flattereth

Proverbs 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor, and leads him into the way that is not good.

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

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