You shall not go up and down as a talebearer among your people: neither shall you stand against the blood of your neighbor…
One day, in the presence of a pious tanner, at Elberfield, some people were tearing their neighbours' characters to pieces. Diedrich, the tanner, was silent. "You say nothing," said they. "You see," replied he, "I am a little like a bankrupt. He may be engaged in a most animated conversation, but I have always remarked, when the subject turns upon bankruptcy, he is suddenly dumb. I, too, am a bankrupt; the defects you are just reproaching your neighbours with I find in myself, and that shuts my mouth."
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.