Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people. Leviticus 19:16
What is it about gossip that entices people? Deep inside a whisperer, there is a deep hurt and a feeling of very low self-esteem.
Gossip blends two other sins.
First, either through what is said or what is left unsaid, gossip often uses half-truths or outright lies to throw doubt on the character of another person. Second, when we gossip about a person we are stealing from them a reputation.