The Difference Between Gossip and Flattery

Here’s a thought-provoking quote about the difference between the two besetting sins of gossip and flattery:

“Gossip is saying behind a person’s back (or anonymously on social media) what you would never say to his or her face. Flattery is saying to a person’s face (or onymously on social media) what you would never say behind his or her back”

Quote by R. Kent Hughes


Bible Verses about Gossip

Prov 10:18 “He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.”

Prov 11:13 “A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.”

Prov 18:8 “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”

Jas 1:26 “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”

Jas 4:11 “Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.”

Bible Verses about Flattery

Psa 12:3 “The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, [and] the tongue that speaketh proud things.”

Prov 20:19 “He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.”

Prov 28:23 “He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.”

Prov 29:5 “A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.”