19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
    but the prudent hold their tongues.(A)

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23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves,(A)
    but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.(B)

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Those who guard their lips(A) preserve their lives,(B)
    but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.(C)

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28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
    and discerning if they hold their tongues.(A)

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13 To answer before listening—
    that is folly and shame.(A)

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23 Those who guard their mouths(A) and their tongues
    keep themselves from calamity.(B)

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15 A gentle answer(A) turns away wrath,(B)
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.

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27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,(A)
    and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.(B)

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15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,(A)
    and a gentle tongue can break a bone.(B)

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28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
    and a flattering mouth(A) works ruin.

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23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor
    rather than one who has a flattering tongue.(A)

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Those who flatter their neighbors
    are spreading nets for their feet.(A)

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18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips(A)
    and spreads slander is a fool.

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13 A gossip betrays a confidence,(A)
    but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.(B)

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28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,(A)
    and a gossip separates close friends.(B)

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Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,(A)
    but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.(B)

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

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19 A gossip betrays a confidence;(A)
    so avoid anyone who talks too much.

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20 Without wood a fire goes out;
    without a gossip a quarrel dies down.(A)

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12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,(A)
    but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.(B)

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18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,(A)
    but the tongue of the wise brings healing.(B)

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The soothing tongue