(Proverbs 26:22 KJV) The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
The KJV and the NASB use a different Hebrew word here. At least it looks different to me. But one source says they are really the same word. A “whisperer” (7279) (talebearer 5372 KJV) is a gossip. The idea of whispering comes closer here because while it is definitely bearing tales the modification is that it is a murmured tale. It is not openly declared, it is mumbled behind the hand while looking around to see if anyone is listening.
I wondered as I looked at this if this might refer to the way in which we witness. Is it the way in which we speak truth or take a stand on moral issues. We often are not willing to speak out when a voice is needed. Sure that is a tangent but that is the way my thinking is going today.
So? If you can’t speak it out boldly it might not need to be said. On the other hand it might need to be said and the answer is still to speak out boldly.