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TEXT : “Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.”- Psalm 101:5, 7.

COMMENT: In this Psalm, the Prophet David under inspiration of God lays down some of the qualities of those who have come to serve God must have. The text for today has to do with the aspect of avoiding slander. To slander somebody is to reduce somebody’s esteem in the sight of right thinking people. It is to accuse somebody falsely and maliciously with the intent to hurt him as much as possible. This is very bad particularly, when the person is innocent and does not have the opportunity of defending himself. The law of God is against those who bear false witness against their neighbours. (Exodus 20:16) And in chapter 23:1 it is written: “Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.” Furthermore it is stated, “Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.” (Exodus 23:6, 7) But despite these warnings some people are active talebearers, backbiters and busy bodies in other men’s matters. Some people resort to telling lies in order to boost their estimation in the sight of people and to get some benefits they have in view.
The Bible says: “These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates.” - Zechariah 8:16.

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