Psalm 15:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 15:3, NIV: whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others;

Psalm 15:3, ESV: who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

Psalm 15:3, KJV: He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

Psalm 15:3, NASB: He does not slander with his tongue, Nor do evil to his neighbor, Nor bring shame on his friend;

Psalm 15:3, NLT: Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.

Psalm 15:3, CSB: who does not slander with his tongue, who does not harm his friend or discredit his neighbor,

What does Psalm 15:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David describes the Lord's guest (Psalm 15:1) as a person of integrity and peace. He doesn't slander others, nor does he harm his neighbor. Furthermore, he does not lie about his neighbor.

Believers today ought to avoid using language that harms others. They show by their speech that they are followers of Jesus, who is the truth (John 14:6). They speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and display the fruit of the Spirit: "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5:22–23). This also includes avoiding slander: unkind or untrue words that harm another person's reputation.

The wicked person poisons society by slander, but the person who reflects God's nature uses speech that is gracious and seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6). The wicked person is like the robbers who assaulted the man who was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. The righteous man is like the Good Samaritan who ministered to the wounded traveler (Luke 10:25–37). He shows compassionate love and care for his neighbor.