28 A perverse man sows strife,
And (A)a whisperer separates the best of friends.

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19 (A)He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets;
Therefore do not associate with one (B)who flatters with his lips.

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20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no [a]talebearer, strife ceases.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 26:20 gossip or slanderer, lit. whisperer

20 For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that (A)I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults;

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13 And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.

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