In verse 17, we learn what ought to take the place of talebearing.
I strongly disapprove of talebearing of any sort, and wish to hear no more of this.
What I should fear in friendship is the comment, and interference, and talebearing, I often see connected with it.
Guard with vigilance against a talebearing and tattling spirit.
Very little open quarrelling ever took place amongst them; but backbiting and talebearing were universal.
It excludes all suspicion of partiality, of personal malignity, of secret shying and talebearing.