Proverbs 26:20-22 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. 20 Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.
21 As charcoal is to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife. 21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. 22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.