In ancient Greece, they told the story of a city’s desire to honor a great Olympic athlete. The decision was made to erect a statue of him.
A competitor grew so envious, he committed himself to ruining the statue. Every evening, under the cover of darkness, the competitor took a hammer and chisel and chipped away at the base of the statue.
One evening, the competitor succeeded in his envy-fueled mission. The statue fell… directly upon him.
The competitor had literally killed himself with envy.
The ancient Greeks had a proverb: “Envy slays itself by its own arrows.”
The ancient Jews had a proverb that went like this, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones”(Prov. 14:30.) NIV 1984
Source: THE 7 SINS OF HIGHLY DEFECTIVE PEOPLE by Rick Ezell