A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much. –Proverbs 20:19 NIV
Growing up we knew not to tell my sister exciting news that needed to be kept secret (like presents for people). Likewise, my wife hates secrets and surprises, because she wants to tell others. They just love seeing people get excited.
The verse today is not about people like them, who innocently want to bring people joy. (But if you want to surprise someone, you might have to surprise people like my sister and wife, as well!)
Other translations use the word “babbler” instead of “anyone who talks too much.”
These are the people who simply have no filter, feel the need to incessantly talk, or, worse, like causing trouble or even harm.
It tends to be easy to find them. They may be the only person you told something to, like the coworker you told you might be getting a raise, and now everyone knows (and may be jealous). It could be at church, when someone reveals “dirt” or offers a “prayer request” that takes five minutes to explain the nitty-gritty details.
As for you, simply be someone that can be trusted. Be the crying shoulder and listening ear, the confidante that others rely on.
Which type of person are you?
Do you get too excited sometimes?
Do you blab and undermine?
Or do you know how to hold your tongue and maintain confidence and trust?
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