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False and malicious talk about others. It not only harms those against whom it is directed, but also brings ruin to those who propagate it.

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Slander condemned

Slander is sinful

Mark 7:21–23 NIV
For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
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Slander is forbidden

Leviticus 19:16 NIV
“ ‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people. “ ‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.
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Slander is destructive

Proverbs 16:27 NIV
A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
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Dealing with slander

Committing one’s cause to God

Psalm 120:1–2 NIV
I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Save me, Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.
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Maintaining one’s integrity

1 Peter 2:12 NIV
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
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Rejoicing in the Lord

Matthew 5:11–12 NIV
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
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Not listening to slander

1 Samuel 24:9 NIV
He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’?
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Judgment upon slanderers

Proverbs 21:28 NIV
A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully.
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Examples of slander

Jeremiah 18:18 NIV
They said, “Come, let’s make plans against Jeremiah; for the teaching of the law by the priest will not cease, nor will counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophets. So come, let’s attack him with our tongues and pay no attention to anything he says.”
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