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Proverbs 26:18-28 (New International Version)

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18 Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows 19 is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!" 20 Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.1 21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.2 22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.3 23 Like a coating of glazea over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart. 24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,4 but in his heart he harbors deceit.5 25 Though his speech is charming,6 do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.7 26 His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. 27 If a man digs a pit,8 he will fall into it;9 if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.10 28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth11 works ruin.
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