Proverbs 26:22

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

Proverbs 26:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
ESV
22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.
NLT
22 Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.
MSG
22 Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you want junk like that in your belly?
CSB
22 A gossip's words are like choice food that goes down to one's innermost being.

Proverbs 26:22 In-Context

20 Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit.

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