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17 The food you get by cheating
may taste delicious,
    but it turns to gravel.
18 Be sure you have sound advice
before making plans
    or starting a war.
19 Stay away from gossips—
    they tell everything.

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17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,(A)
    but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.(B)

18 Plans are established by seeking advice;
    so if you wage war, obtain guidance.(C)

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

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