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I'm not sure any scripture says anything specifically about gossiping, but plenty of scriptures could relate to the topic I'm sure as to your answers of whether gossiping is right or not. I'm not a very good "scriptorian" as far as knowing the locations of scriptures but I do remember some. (just got good about reading my scriptures but I have bad memorization skills!) anyway, for example, one scripture says "in the lest you have done it unto my brotheren ye have done it unto me" (kinda shows how when you hurt someone, you are also hurting god and the savior) "love the not the world, neither things that are of the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him"-1john 2:15. What I take from that is we should be in the world but not of it, and gossiping to me, seems very Worldly, I mean, it's peer pressure. Idk bad example heres a better one: "I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth"-1john 1:4. (gossiping isn't generally true!
Basically no scripture says anything specific on gossip, you kinda have to just trust basic small things that cover the bigger things, like in the scriptures god and Jesus commanded us to love one another, as he loves us. Gossiping is mean, dishonest, and is just spreading lies. I hope I helped! I think I may have done a cheesy job but I tried:P
In the book of Romans, Paul reveals the sinful nature and lawlessness of mankind, stating how God poured out His wrath on those who rejected His laws. Because they had turned away from God's instruction and guidance, He gave them over to their sinful natures. The list of sins includes gossips and slanderers (Romans 1:29b-32). We see from this passage how serious the sin of gossip is and that it characterizes those who are under God?s wrath.
Another group who were (and still are today) known for indulging in gossip is widows. Paul cautions widows against entertaining the habit of gossip and of being idle. These women are described as ?gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to? (1 Timothy 5:12-13). Because women tend to spend a lot of time in each other's homes and work closely with other women, they hear and observe situations which can become distorted, especially when repeated over and over. Paul states that widows get into the habit of going from home to home, looking for something to occupy their idleness. Idle hands are the devil's workshop, and God cautions against allowing idleness to enter our lives. ?A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man [or woman] who talks too much? (Proverbs 20:19).
Women are certainly not the only ones who have been found guilty of gossip. Anyone can engage in gossip simply by repeating something heard in confidence. The book of Proverbs has a long list of verses that cover the dangers of gossip and the potential hurt that results from it. ?A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue. A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret? (Proverbs 11:12-13).
The Bible tells us that ?a perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends? (Proverbs 16:28). Many a friendship has been ruined over a misunderstanding that started with gossip. Those who engage in this behavior do nothing but stir up trouble and cause anger, bitterness, and pain among friends. Sadly, some people thrive on this and look for opportunities to destroy others. And when such people are confronted, they deny the allegations and answer with excuses and rationalizations. Rather than admit wrongdoing, they blame someone else or attempt to minimize the seriousness of the sin. ?A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts? (Proverbs 18:7-8).
Those who guard their tongues keep themselves from calamity (Proverbs 21:23). So we must guard our tongues and refrain from the sinful act of gossip. If we surrender our natural desires to the Lord, He will help us to remain righteous. May we all follow the Bible?s teaching on gossip by keeping our mouths shut unless it is necessary and appropriate to speak.