100 Bible Verses about Slander

Psalm 101:5 ESV / 504 helpful votes

Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.

Matthew 12:36 ESV / 461 helpful votes

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

1 Peter 3:16 ESV / 411 helpful votes

Having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

Proverbs 10:18 ESV / 407 helpful votes

The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.

James 4:11 ESV / 326 helpful votes

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 292 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

1 Peter 2:1 ESV / 266 helpful votes

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

Titus 3:2 ESV / 251 helpful votes

To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV / 250 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Matthew 5:11 ESV / 250 helpful votes

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 250 helpful votes

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Exodus 23:1 ESV / 229 helpful votes

“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 226 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Proverbs 20:19 ESV / 224 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:9 ESV / 224 helpful votes

With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.

Psalm 109:3 ESV / 205 helpful votes

They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause.

Luke 6:45 ESV / 203 helpful votes

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Mark 7:20-23 ESV / 165 helpful votes

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

James 1:12 ESV / 160 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

1 Peter 3:10 ESV / 151 helpful votes

For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;

Leviticus 19:16 ESV / 151 helpful votes

You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 147 helpful votes

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Psalm 50:20 ESV / 144 helpful votes

You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son.

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 132 helpful votes

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Ephesians 4:31 ESV / 125 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Psalm 31:13 ESV / 123 helpful votes

For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.

Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 121 helpful votes

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Jeremiah 9:4 ESV / 114 helpful votes

Let everyone beware of his neighbor, and put no trust in any brother, for every brother is a deceiver, and every neighbor goes about as a slanderer.

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 113 helpful votes

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

1 Timothy 3:11 ESV / 111 helpful votes

Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.

Proverbs 6:19 ESV / 109 helpful votes

A false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Jeremiah 6:28 ESV / 108 helpful votes

They are all stubbornly rebellious, going about with slanders; they are bronze and iron; all of them act corruptly.

1 Corinthians 4:13 ESV / 106 helpful votes

When slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.

2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV / 102 helpful votes

For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.

Romans 1:30 ESV / 101 helpful votes

Slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,

Ezekiel 22:9 ESV / 99 helpful votes

There are men in you who slander to shed blood, and people in you who eat on the mountains; they commit lewdness in your midst.

Proverbs 26:20 ESV / 97 helpful votes

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

Psalm 34:13 ESV / 96 helpful votes

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

Romans 3:8 ESV / 95 helpful votes

And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.

Proverbs 25:23 ESV / 95 helpful votes

The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

1 Timothy 5:13 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 89 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Job 5:21 ESV / 88 helpful votes

You shall be hidden from the lash of the tongue, and shall not fear destruction when it comes.

1 Peter 2:12 ESV / 87 helpful votes

Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

Titus 2:3 ESV / 87 helpful votes

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,

Proverbs 26:22 ESV / 87 helpful votes

The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Psalm 15:3 ESV / 85 helpful votes

Who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

1 Corinthians 6:10 ESV / 83 helpful votes

Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Proverbs 18:8 ESV / 82 helpful votes

The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Romans 1:29 ESV / 81 helpful votes

They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,

Psalm 109:2 ESV / 81 helpful votes

For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues.

Proverbs 26:28 ESV / 77 helpful votes

A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Revelation 12:10 ESV / 73 helpful votes

And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.

Mark 11:25 ESV / 73 helpful votes

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Proverbs 11:13 ESV / 72 helpful votes

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

Psalm 140:3 ESV / 70 helpful votes

They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah

James 1:19-20 ESV / 69 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 69 helpful votes

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, ...

Proverbs 20:22 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 65 helpful votes

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Ecclesiastes 10:13 ESV / 65 helpful votes

The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is evil madness.

1 Peter 4:4 ESV / 64 helpful votes

With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you;

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 64 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 62 helpful votes

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

Psalm 38:12 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek my hurt speak of ruin and meditate treachery all day long.

Matthew 26:60 ESV / 60 helpful votes

But they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward

Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 60 helpful votes

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 57 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Jude 1:8 ESV / 55 helpful votes

Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones.

2 Peter 2:10 ESV / 55 helpful votes

And especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones,

Psalm 52:4 ESV / 55 helpful votes

You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

1 Samuel 24:9 ESV / 54 helpful votes

And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Behold, David seeks your harm’?

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 52 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Psalm 41:5 ESV / 52 helpful votes

My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die, and his name perish?”

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 52 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Luke 22:65 ESV / 51 helpful votes

And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.

James 1:26 ESV / 50 helpful votes

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 50 helpful votes

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Psalm 41:7 ESV / 49 helpful votes

All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me.

Romans 8:1-39 ESV / 46 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. ...

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Mark 10:19 ESV / 45 helpful votes

You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’”

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Matthew 7:15-20 ESV / 42 helpful votes

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. ...

2 Timothy 3:3 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,

Titus 3:3 ESV / 40 helpful votes

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 37 helpful votes

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Romans 1:28-32 ESV / 35 helpful votes

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Ephesians 4:25 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Psalm 64:3 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows,

Psalm 41:6-9 ESV / 34 helpful votes

And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity; when he goes out, he tells it abroad. All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me. They say, “A deadly thing is poured out on him; he will not rise again from where he lies.” Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.

Ephesians 4:29-32 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Psalm 15:1-5 ESV / 31 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

1 Peter 2:20 ESV / 30 helpful votes

For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.

Numbers 14:36 ESV / 30 helpful votes

And the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing up a bad report about the land—

Psalm 15:1 ESV / 29 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

John 3:16-17 ESV / 24 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

2 Timothy 2:16-17 ESV / 23 helpful votes

But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,

Colossians 3:5-8 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

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