Proverbs 26:18-28 (New International Reader's Version)

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18 Suppose a crazy person shoots flaming arrows that can kill. 19 A man who lies to his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!" is just like that person. 20 If you don't have wood, your fire goes out. If you don't talk about others, arguing dies down. 21 Coal glows. Wood burns. And a man who argues stirs up fights. 22 The words of anyone who talks about others are like tasty bites of food. They go deep down inside you. 23 Warm words that come from an evil heart are like shiny paint on a clay pot. 24 Someone who wants to hurt you uses his words to hide his hatred. But his heart is full of lies that cover up his evil plans. 25 What a person says can be charming. But don't believe him. Seven things that God hates can fill that person's heart. 26 Hatred can be hidden by lies. But what is evil will be shown to everyone. 27 If anyone digs a pit, he will fall into it. If he rolls a big stone, it will roll back on him. 28 A tongue that tells lies hates the people it hurts. And words that seem to praise you destroy you.
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