Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.
For You save an afflicted people, But haughty eyes You abase.
“You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son.
He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
There is a kind—oh how lofty are his eyes! And his eyelids are raised in arrogance.
“ You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
“ You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.
You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the Lord.
“ Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the Lord is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed.
“Pour out the overflowings of your anger, And look on everyone who is proud, and make him low.
In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.
For though the Lord is exalted, Yet He regards the lowly, But the haughty He knows from afar.
There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.
He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip.
The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.
The proud look of man will be abased And the loftiness of man will be humbled, And the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
Slanderous men have been in you for the purpose of shedding blood, and in you they have eaten at the mountain shrines. In your midst they have committed acts of lewdness.
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.”
“The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, You who live in the clefts of the rock, In the loftiness of your dwelling place, Who say in your heart, ‘ Who will bring me down to earth?’
I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,
You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.