Let's talk about gossiping.               Updated February 6, 2011

7 When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes;
       all he expected from his power comes to nothing.

8 The righteous man is rescued from trouble,
       and it comes on the wicked instead.

9 With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor,
       but through knowledge the righteous escape.

10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
       when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
       but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.

12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor,
       but a man of understanding holds his tongue.

13 A gossip betrays a confidence,
       but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,
       but many advisers make victory sure.

Why does verse 14 suggest using many advisers? lots of different opinions in many councilers, if there's a consenous opinion then go with it because "victory will be sure"

James teaches the same truth.  The tongue easily spins out of control.  Something so small like the human tongue causes such a massive ruckus. 

As a small bridle controls a big horse, a tiny rudder directs a large ship, or a minute spark starts a massive fire that will destroy a great forest so a diminutive tongue will wreck havoc on the entire lives of people with its gossip and slander. 


James 3.3-12


What is gossip? a person who reveals personal or sensational facts.  Spreading rumors

When is it OK to gossip? when you feel people are in danger

Read verse 9  What is "mouth"? gossip

Look at verse 11 What is "mouth"? what a person says

Look at verse 12  What does the word judgment reference? the ability to make good (Godly) decisions

Look at verse 13 How does a word of gossip betray confidence?  the person trusted you with the secret and now they have no confidence that you'll keep a secret

How do you keep a secret? You realize it's better to have the trust or confidence of someone rather than betray them

Look at verse 14.  How do you ask for advise? You realize you need help with an problem and you go to someone who you think can help

Who do you ask for advise?  always ask someone you can trust you go to someone who you think can help

No one can tame the tongue.  James calls it a restless evil.  Any of us who uses words are susceptible to its wicked impact.  Who of us has not felt the sting of judgmental words, exaggerated gossip or slanderous rumors?

James 3.3-12

We who use our tongues to praise the Lord in worship must make a righteous commitment.  Togther let’s devote our tongue to what is edifying.  Recognize gossip and slander for this sin that it is and choose to never hurt others by what we say.


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Verse 7

Death is terrible for an evil man.  He will lose all of his money.  He will lose all of his possessions.  He will lose everything that he achieved in life.  He will discover that he was wrong.  But then it will be too late.

The true Christian will have a different experience.  Paul wrote, ‘While I live, Jesus comes first.  When I die, I shall benefit…  I want to go to be with Jesus.  Heaven will be much better than this world.  However, I must live longer, because I need to help you.'  (Philippians 1:21, 23-24)

Verses 8-9

Both verses explain that a good person can avoid troubles.

In verse 8, God cares about a good man.  But an evil man will suffer.

Verse 9 explains how a good man can avoid trouble.  He is wise, because he has studied many things.  His knowledge protects him.  He is safer than someone who knows nothing.

However, an evil man, who does not know God, can be dangerous.  Even his neighbor can suffer.

Verses 10-11

An evil man's words destroy his neighbor (verse 9).  In verse 10, everyone suffers because of the evil man.  Perhaps the evil man ruled the city.  Perhaps he was very cruel.  The evil man's death means that the people will be free.  This is why they shout for joy.  This is why they want good men to succeed.

Verse 11 explains the reaction of the people in verse 10.  In verse 11, when evil men talk about a city, they plot to destroy it.  Perhaps their plan is to steal from the people.  Perhaps the evil men want the people in the city to be their slaves.  Words can be terrible.  The words of evil men can destroy a city.

The words of good men also achieve great things.  Because of their words, the city becomes great.  They pray, and God helps the city.  They speak about God, and people trust in God.

Verse 12

Words are powerful.  It is better to say nothing, than to speak evil words.

Verse 13

This verse is also about silence.  We must think before we speak.  Christian leaders often hear other people's secrets.  People should be able to trust their church leaders.  The church leader should not tell someone's secret to another person.

Verse 14

Ordinary people need advice.  Church leaders need advice.  The leaders of cities need advice (verses 10-11).  Even entire nations need advice.

Good and bad words affect the lives of ordinary people.  But good and bad words can also affect whole nations.

The wise person is not afraid to ask for advice.  Sometimes, we need to ask many advisers before we receive the best advice.


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OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:

1. describe the significance gossiping.

2. Explain the difference between the Wisdom and Knowledge

3. describe the

4. chart on a map the

5. define the terms

6. Explain the significance of

Knowledge: Recall of data.

Comprehension: Understand the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one's own words.

Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction. Applies what was learned in the classroom into novel situations in the workplace.

Separates material or concepts into component parts so that its organizational structure may be understood. Distinguishes between facts and inferences. 

Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.

Make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.

Remember : Recognizing, Recalling
Understand : Interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, summarizing, inferring, comparing, explaining
Apply : Executing, implementing
Analyze : Differentiating, organizing, attributing
Evaluate : checking, critiquing
Create: generating, planning, producing