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Proverbs 11:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; But he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth a matter.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A tale-bearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— He that goeth about talebearing revealeth secrets; but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He that goeth about talebearing, revealeth a secret, but, he that is faithful in spirit, concealeth a matter.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A busybody is revealing secret counsel, And the faithful of spirit is covering the matter.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that walketh deceitfully, revealeth secrets: but he that is faithful, concealeth the thing committed to him by his friend.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A tale-bearer reuealeth secrets: but hee that is of a faithfull spirit, concealeth the matter.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A double-tongued man discloses the [secret] counsels of an assembly: but he that is faithful in spirit conceals matters.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A talebearer 1980
{1980} Prime
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
{7400} Prime
From H7402; a scandal monger (as travelling about).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
revealeth 1540
{1540} Prime
A primitive root; to denude (especially in a disgraceful sense); by implication to exile (captives being usually stripped); figuratively to reveal.
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
secrets: 5475
{5475} Prime
From H3245; a session, that is, company of persons (in close deliberation); by implication intimacy, consultation, a secret.
but he that is of a faithful 539
{0539} Prime
A primitive root; properly to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; once (in Isaiah 30:21; by interchange for H0541) to go to the right hand.
<8738> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 1429
spirit 7307
{7307} Prime
From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions).
concealeth 3680
{3680} Prime
A primitive root; properly to plump, that is, fill up hollows; by implication to cover (for clothing or secrecy).
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
the matter. 1697
{1697} Prime
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 11:13

_ _ tale-bearer — (Compare Margin), one trading as a peddler in scandal, whose propensity to talk leads him to betray confidence.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 11:12-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 11:13

Secrets — Such things as were committed to his trust with a charge of secrecy.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
A tale bearer, Heb. He that walketh being a talebearer,
Proverbs 20:19 He that goeth about [as] a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
Leviticus 19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down [as] a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I [am] the LORD.


Proverbs 25:9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour [himself]; and discover not a secret to another:
Proverbs 26:20-22 Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. ... The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Nehemiah 6:17-19 Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and [the letters] of Tobiah came unto them. ... Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words to him. [And] Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.


Proverbs 14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
Joshua 2:14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.
Joshua 2:20 And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.
Jeremiah 38:27 Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him: and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not perceived.
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