A kindergarten class had been singing “Be careful little tongue what you say.” After the teacher had explained further to the children why it is so hard to control the tongue, a little boy waved his hand for permission to speak.

“I know why it’s hard to make the tongue behave. It’s because it’s in such a slippery place!”1

    Proverbs 16:28 warns, “A whisperer separates the best of friends.”  

In the letter to the Romans, where Paul is describing the depravity of the human heart, he speaks of men as backbiters, haters of God, and “whisperers.” In both the Hebrew and Greek, “whisperer” means “talebearer, slanderer, attempts to deceive by falsehood.”2  

“The whisperer speaks all languages, wears all kinds of clothing, is a citizen of all countries, belongs to all political parties, moves in all circles, and is a member of all churches.”3

“If you are tempted to reveal

A tale someone to you has told

About another, make it pass,

Before you speak, three gates of gold –

Three narrow gates: first, ‘Is it true?’

Then, ‘Is it needful?’ In your mind

Give truthful answer. And the next

Is the last and narrowest: ‘Is it kind?’

And if, to reach your lips at last,

It passes through these gateways three,

Then you may tell the tale, nor fear

What the result of speech may be.”


© 2016 D & L Publications



  1. Eleanor L. Doan, Kid’s Stuff, Regal Book Divisions, G/L Publications, Glendale, CA., 91209, Copyright 1970
  2. Strong’s Concordance, Hebrew and Greek Definitions, pp. 78 and 80, #’s 5372 and 5574
  3. Clarence Edward Macartney, The Greatest Words in the Bible and in Human Speech, Abingdon – Cokesbury Press, New York and Nashville, Copyright 1938, p. 57
  4. Ibid, p. 66