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“Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people..” – Leviticus 19:16.

Comment:

Tale-bearing carries with it the vices of whispering, gossip, slander and backbiting.  So it is difficult to separate one from the others. They can can make close friends become bitter enemies.  Scripture says: “A forward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.” (Proverbs 16:28.  Please see also Proverbs 17:9) “If any man among you seem to be religious,” said James the apostle, “and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain…”  (James 1:26,27) When false accusations are repeately laid against a person or persons, it is with the aim of excluding the person or persons from their midst, sending the person to imprisonment or committing murder.  In the time of Ezekiel the prophet the Bible says there were “men that carry tales to shed blood”. (Ezekiel 22:9)  King David, giving his own experience stated, “I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me. I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel. For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.” - Psalm 31:11-13.

Unless those who are given to whispering, gossip, slander and backbiting repent by putting a stop to such evil practices, they cannot escape the punishment of God.  – Psalm 50:20-23

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