"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."
"The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts."
Proverbs 18:8 (NIV)
"He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip."
"A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret."
Proverbs 11:13 (NIV)
"A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends."
"The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance."
"For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down. Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the body."
"Your tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit."
"Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit."