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Thou shall not go about as a talebearer among the people.
One concerns a writer, who describes himself as a Catholic, albeit of the sui generis variety, whose name I shall not give only because he told me what I am about to quote in the course of a private conversation, and I am not a talebearer. It was in the days of the papacy of John XXIII, and my elderly friend, in enthusiastically praising the pope's virtues, said (with clearly paradoxical intentions): "Pope John must be an atheist.
PRAY WHERE no wood is, there the fire goeth out, so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people; neither shalt thou stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor.
[God] mentioned many of them --such as, Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer; Thou shalt not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge; neither shalt thou stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor; thou shalt not curse the deaf .
The biblical ethics of speech derive in large measure from a verse in Leviticus: "You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people" (19:16).
When the narrative breaks into its plea to fathers to find for their daughters "an occupation which shall raise them above the flirt, the manoeuvrer, [and] the mischief-making talebearer" (S, 393), it irresistibly draws our attention to Shirley's bearers of tales, and the consequences of their inhibition.
{13} A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.
(167) It is for this reason, said Rabbi Yossef, that the verse, "[T]here shall not go a talebearer in your midst," (168) is juxtaposed next to the commandment to "not stand idly by while your friends blood is being spilled." (169) The implication is that you should always keep confidences, but only to the extent that such will not present a danger to others.