Back-biting – Slandering an absent party

Every form of calumny and slander, especially the speaking of evil of an absent brother, is forbidden by the ethics of Freemasonry. Psalms 15:1-3 - Psalms 50:20 - Jeremiah 9:4 - 2 Corinthians 12:20

Biblical References

Psalms 15:1-3

1 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? 2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

Psalms 50:20

Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

Jeremiah 9:4

Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.

2 Corinthians 12:20

For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults.

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