(Proverbs 26:20 KJV) Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
As I read this I think of how my mouth works overtime. Surely I am not a gossip. But am I a “talebearer” (5372)? In trying to get hold of this I notice that the KJV and the NASB are translating different words. The NASB has “whisperer” (7279). They are actually different words in the Hebrew. As I looked a little deeper I saw that the definitions are almost identical. The key concepts in both are to murmur and to backbite.
This must have some relation to gossip and slander. I don’t think of myself as a backbiter but I can certainly be accused of murmuring. This is an indictment.
So? I am going to be examining my own heart here. I invite you to do the same. I hope your report is better than mine seems to be.