Proverbs 18:8
18 Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one�s heart.

King Solomon compares rumors to dainty morsels which are easy to take in. But once the person has taken hold of the rumor it sinks deep into their heart where is lingers to cause trouble.

The word rumor is defined by Webster�s as talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernible source or a statement or report current without known authority for its truth. The Greek words used in the Bible indicate the words of a person who is a talebearer, a slanderer or backbiter. While rumors may contain some truth they are usually designed to distort the truth and hurt the person who is object of the rumor. When a person listens to rumors they are getting a false view of the truth. Some people will even believe rumors above a trusted friendship or family member; never once confirming the truth. King David said in Psalms, �Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.� There are powerful words from a man after God�s own heart. The next time you hear a rumor stop listening and instead confirm the truth. Do not participate in gossip that can hurt a neighbor or someone close to you. If you need to speak to a person about an issue, speak to them directly. Do not let rumors start by allowing your thoughts to be swayed by the rumor and opinions of others.