The Literal Commandment
'You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:16)
The literal commandment is that we should not be a slanderer. The Hebrew word which is translated as "slanderer" (rakil) comes from a word that means "to travel" and implies "going about spreading gossip or slander".