The English proverb says, ‘Envy shoots at others but wounds itself,’ the German proverb, ‘Envy eats nothing but its own heart’, and in the book of Proverbs we read, ‘A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.’
Envy resides within and doesn’t want to be discovered, and will often deflect the real issue to keep itself hidden, and yet its effect is described as one that eats away our very life, rots our whole being – to our very bones.
Solomon said, “I observe all the work and ambition motivated by envy. What a waste, smoke! And spitting into the wind.”
It’s a graphic picture of envy coming back on ourselves.