A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
– Proverbs 11:13
Talebearing was forbidden in the law (Leviticus 19:16). The word refers to a gossip or slanderer. The word indicates one with malicious intent to deal in scandals (Proverbs 26:22). It isn’t merely carelessness that reveals secrets. Secrets refer to private counsels and intimate knowledge that should not be openly revealed. Taking such a person into your confidence would be foolish because they will betray your confidence. The faithful are trustworthy and do not betray a confidence.