“Many haue fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as haue fallen by the tongue.”
King James Version (KJV)
15. A backbiting tongue hath cast out vertuous women, and depriued them of their labours. 16. Who so hearkeneth vnto it, shall neuer finde rest, and neuer dwel quietly. 17. The stroke of the whip maketh markes in the flesh, but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones. 18. Many haue fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as haue fallen by the tongue. 19. Well is hee that is defended from it, and hath not passed through the venime thereof: who hath not drawen the yoke thereof, nor hath bene bound in her bands. 20. For the yoke thereof is a yoke of yron, and the bands thereof are bandes of brasse. 21. The death therof is an euil death, the graue were better then it.