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					Sins of the Tongue
   My brethren, let not many of you become
teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter
judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If
anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect
man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed,
we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey
us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at
ships: although they are so large and are driven by
fierce winds, they are turned by a very small
rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the
tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles!


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Sins of the Tongue
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The
tongue is so set among our members that it defiles
the whole body, and sets on fire the course of
nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind
of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the
sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.
But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly
evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:1-8)




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Sins of the Tongue
James 3:8 speaks of the tongue as being “full of deadly poison.”
Nothing can better describe the evil that may be done by the tongue.
There is no serpent whose bite can do as much harm; there is no poison
more deadly to man’s body than the tongue is to man's happiness.
Let us notice some evils of the tongue.




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Tale Bearing
Bearing an evil report about another.
God legislated against tale bearing in the Law of Moses.
"You shall not go about as a talebearer among
your people; nor shall you take a stand against the
life of your neighbor: I am the Lord." (Lev. 19:16)




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Tale Bearing
The book of Proverbs reveals enough information on the subject that we
can know it is still wrong to be a talebearer.
A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a
faithful spirit conceals a matter. (11:13)
He who goes about as a talebearer reveals
secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who
flatters with his lips. (20:19)
Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And
where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. (26:20)



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Whispering
This is the evil of detracting from others, or exciting suspicion against
them by dropping hints or insinuations that they are evil.
Whispering is most often done slyly and in secret.
Whisperers are included among those who are worthy of death.
….being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual
immorality, wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit,
evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters,
haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors
of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning,
untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;


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Whispering
This is the evil of detracting from others, or exciting suspicion against
them by dropping hints or insinuations that they are evil.
Whispering is most often done slyly and in secret.
Whisperers are included among those who are worthy of death.
who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that
those who practice such things are deserving of
death, not only do the same but also approve of
those who practice them. (Romans 1:29-32)




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Whispering
This is the evil of detracting from others, or exciting suspicion against
them by dropping hints or insinuations that they are evil.
Whispering is most often done slyly and in secret.
Whisperers are included among those who are worthy of death.
Whispering can alienate long-time friends.
All who hate me whisper together against me;
Against me they devise my hurt. (Psalm 41:7)
A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him
in a way that is not good. (Prov. 16:29)


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Whispering
This is the evil of detracting from others, or exciting suspicion against
them by dropping hints or insinuations that they are evil.
Whispering is most often done slyly and in secret.
Whisperers are included among those who are worthy of death.
Whispering can alienate long-time friends.
One breath of unkindness may start a long train of sad consequences,
which we have no power to stop.




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Slander
This is a false report uttered with the idea of injuring the reputation of
another.
Slander is both foolish and sinful.
Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever
spreads slander is a fool. (Prov. 10:18)
And why not say, "Let us do evil that good may
come"?--as we are slanderously reported and as
some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is
just. (Rom. 3:8)



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Slander
This is a false report uttered with the idea of injuring the reputation of
another.
Slander is both foolish and sinful.
The Lord will not tolerate slanderers.
"Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will
destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a
proud heart, Him I will not endure." (Psalm 101:5)




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Tattling
This is defined as gossip or idle talk and usually involves a greatly
exaggerated truth.
Paul and John were both inspired to speak out against tattling or prating.
And besides they learn to be idle, wandering
about from house to house, and not only idle but
also gossips and busybodies, saying things which
they ought not. (1 Tim. 5:13)




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Tattling
This is defined as gossip or idle talk and usually involves a greatly
exaggerated truth.
Paul and John were both inspired to speak out against tattling or prating.
Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds
which he does, prating against us with malicious
words. And not content with that, he himself does
not receive the brethren, and forbids those who
wish to, putting them out of the church. (3 John
10)




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Tattling
This is defined as gossip or idle talk and usually involves a greatly
exaggerated truth.
Paul and John were both inspired to speak out against tattling or prating.
Solomon says a prating fool shall fall.
The wise in heart will receive commands, But a
prating fool will fall. (Prov. 10:8)




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Tattling
This is defined as gossip or idle talk and usually involves a greatly
exaggerated truth.
Paul and John were both inspired to speak out against tattling or prating.
Solomon says a prating fool shall fall.
Gossip can destroy friendships, break up families, and split churches.




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Backbiting
This is the act of speaking evil of one who is absent while being
unwilling to accuse him to his face.
Paul warned both the Romans and the Corinthians of the evil of
backbiting.
….backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud,
boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to
parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving,
unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous
judgment of God, that those who practice such
things are deserving of death, not only do the same
but also approve of those who practice them.
(Rom. 1:30-32)

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Backbiting
This is the act of speaking evil of one who is absent while being
unwilling to accuse him to his face.
Paul warned both the Romans and the Corinthians of the evil of
backbiting.
For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you
such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you
such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions,
jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions,
backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults; lest,



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Backbiting
This is the act of speaking evil of one who is absent while being
unwilling to accuse him to his face.
Paul warned both the Romans and the Corinthians of the evil of
backbiting.
when I come again, my God will humble me among
you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned
before and have not repented of the uncleanness,
fornication, and lewdness which they have
practiced. (2 Cor. 12:20-21)




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Backbiting
This is the act of speaking evil of one who is absent while being
unwilling to accuse him to his face.
Paul warned both the Romans and the Corinthians of the evil of
backbiting.
David tells us that the Lord is pleased with those who refrain from
backbiting.
Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who
may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks
uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks
the truth in his heart; He who does not backbite
with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor
does he take up a reproach against his friend;

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Backbiting
This is the act of speaking evil of one who is absent while being
unwilling to accuse him to his face.
Paul warned both the Romans and the Corinthians of the evil of
backbiting.
David tells us that the Lord is pleased with those who refrain from
backbiting.
In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he
honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears
to his own hurt and does not change; He who does
not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a
bribe against the innocent. He who does these
things shall never be moved. (Psalm 15:1-5)

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                 Remember:
     The gossipy tongue is a dangerous thing,
            If its owner is evil at heart.
 He can give whom he chooses full many a sting
        That will woefully linger and smart.
But the gossipy tongue would be balked in its plan
        For causing heartburning and tears,
 If it were not helped out by the misguided man
          Who possesses two gossipy ears.


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