Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the Lord.
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.