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.

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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets. Almost the same proverb occurs in Proverbs 11:13, The gadding gossiper is sure to let out any secret entrusted to him; therefore, it is implied, be careful in what you say to him. Meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips; rather, that openeth wide his lips - that cannot keep his mouth shut, a babbler, as Proverbs 13:3 (where see note). The Vulgate erroneously makes one sentence of the verse, "With him who reveals secrets, and walketh deceitfully, and openeth wide his lips, have no dealings." Talmud, "When I utter a word, it hath dominion over me; but when I utter it not, I have dominion over it." Says the Persian poet, "The silent man hath his shoulders covered with the garment of security." Xenocrates used to say that he sometimes was "sorry for having spoken, never for having kept silence" (Cahen).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets,.... Or, "he that revealeth secrets goeth about as a talebearer"; a man that has really got the secrets of others out of them respecting themselves and families, and the affairs of them, or however pretends he master of them; goes about telling his tales from house to house, to the great prejudice of those whose secrets he is entrusted with, or pretends to be; and to the great prejudice of those to whom he tells them, as well as to his own; this is contrary to the law of Moses, and the rules of Christianity, Leviticus 19:16;

therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips; or "mingle not with him" (g); do not associate with him, do not keep him company, have nothing to say to him or do with him; for when he flatters you, and highly praises and extols you, he has a design upon you to get what he can out of you, in order to expose you elsewhere; therefore suspect him, be upon your guard, shun him and avoid him. It may be applied to false teachers, and their deceptions with good words and fair speeches; the word used signifies to deceive with the lips; see Romans 16:18; and well agrees with the parasites of Rome, Revelation 18:23.

(g) "non miscebis te", Pagninus, Montanus; "ne misceas te", Baynus, Mercerus; "ne admisceto te", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "ne commiscearis", Michaelis; "ne admisceas te", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. Those who love to tell news will hardly keep secrets.

flattereth … lips—(compare Margin; Pr 1:10).

meddle … him—literally, "join," or "associate with."

Proverbs 20:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
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
"'Do not go about spreading slander among your people. "'Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor's life. I am the LORD.

Proverbs 11:13
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

Proverbs 13:3
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come 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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