The words of a gossipa are like delicacies,
and they go down into one’s innermost being. Bible
The Hebrew word can also mean “slanderer.”

“one’s innermost being.” The Hebrew is more literally, “the inner rooms of the belly (or “body,” “womb”). It is due to the sin nature of mankind that people are so quick to believe anything bad about people or a situation. It is also due to the sin nature of mankind that people often exaggerate how bad a person or situation is. Believers must use great self-control when speaking so that they speak the truth about a situation and only what benefits the other person; some “truth” does not need to be spoken. Furthermore, every believer must be on guard against others lying or exaggerating the facts of a situation. One of the Ten Commandments is, “You must not give false testimony against your neighbor” (Exod. 20:16). Exaggerating what someone has done wrong, or lying about them even if it is “the way you see it,” is a very serious sin in the eyes of God. Each human being is created in the image of God, and if we unjustly attack another person we attack God’s creation and offend Him, whereas we are supposed to be loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Commentary for: Proverbs 18:8