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“Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.” - Psalm 101:5, 6.

Comment:

Many a time, slander is done secretly, but will be said with such confidence as if what is said is true. Then the slander will be repeated often to give it a ring of truth.  Even a matter that is true but has been put behind need not be repeated just to lower the person's esteem, whereas he has moved on. “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” (Proverbs 17:9) The activities of tale-bearers, backbiters, whisperers, slanderers and gossips have led some to commit the error of rash judgement. The tale-bearers carry stories of some things that happen between two or more members and modify or change the content in order to convince the person they are telling the story, knowing the nature of such a person.  Then the person to whom such stories are told passes judgement on, and condemns one of the parties concerned without waiting to hear from the party he has condemned.  This is backbiting and rash judgement.  It is backbiting because the party that is condemned is not there to defend himself; and it is rash judgement because the condemned party's defence is not heard.  It is very wrong, ungodly, unscriptural and against the principle of natural justice.  It makes one to make a big fool of oneself and it can be very shameful.  Scripture says: “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” – Proverbs 18:13.

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