And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ... "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."
Does the delightful old sport of gossip fall under this prohibition? Do I spread rumors and "slight exaggerations" about my friends and neighbors? Is it a way of elevating myself at someone else's expense? How often do I premise my tale with the warning "That you oughta know about ..."?
Forgive me, Lord, change my heart O, God, for I am a sinful man and do not love my neighbor as myself.