18 Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death
19 is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!”
20 Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

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21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.

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22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.

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23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are ferventa lips with an evil heart.

References for Proverbs 26:23

    • Œ 26:23 - Hebrew; Septuagint "smooth"
      24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit.

      References for Proverbs 26:24

      25 Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts.

      References for Proverbs 26:25

      26 Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
      27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
      28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

      References for Proverbs 26:28