22 The (A)words of a gossiper are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the [a]innermost parts of the body.
23 Like an earthenware (B)vessel overlaid with silver [b](C)impurities
Are burning lips and a wicked heart.
24 One who (D)hates disguises it with his lips,
But he harbors (E)deceit in his [c]heart.
25 When [d]he (F)speaks graciously, do not believe him,
Because there are seven abominations in his heart.
26 Though his hatred (G)covers itself with deception,
His wickedness will be (H)revealed in the assembly.
27 One who (I)digs a pit will fall into it,
And one who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
28 A lying tongue hates [e]those it crushes,
And a (J)flattering mouth works ruin.

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  1. Proverbs 26:22 Lit chambers of the belly
  2. Proverbs 26:23 Lit dross
  3. Proverbs 26:24 Lit inward part
  4. Proverbs 26:25 Lit his voice is gracious
  5. Proverbs 26:28 Lit its crushed ones

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