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.
Darby Bible Translation
He that goeth about talebearing revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that openeth 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Flattereth - literally, "The man who opens his lips," who has no reticence; such a man, with or without intending it, does the work of a talebearer.
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'Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. 2. The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. 3. It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. 4. The sluggard will not plough by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. 5. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6. Most men will …
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'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.
He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
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