LaShon Hara / Negative Words / Part 1 of 3
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. PSA 34:13
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. PRO 18:21
A OF THE GREATEST of all sins is the sin of tale-bearing is lashon ha-ra (literally, "the evil tongue"), which involves discrediting a person or saying negative things about a person, even if those negative things are true. Indeed, true statements are even more damaging than false ones, because you can't defend yourself by disproving the negative statement if it's true! Some sources indicate that lashon ha-ra is equal in seriousness to murder, idol worship, and incest/adultery (the only three sins that you may not violate even to save a life.