Proverbs 26:20-28 NIV

20 Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.1

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21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.2

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22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.3

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23 Like a coating of glazea over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.

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    • a 26:23 - With a different word division of the Hebrew; Masoretic Text "of silver dross"
      24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,4 but in his heart he harbors deceit.5

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      25 Though his speech is charming,6 do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.7

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      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

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      28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth11 works ruin.

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