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25 So don’t be drawn in by the hypocrite,
for his gracious speech is a charade,
nothing but a masquerade covering his hatred and evil on parade.[a]
26 Don’t worry—he can’t keep the mask on for long.
One day his hypocrisy will be exposed before all the world.
27 Go ahead, set a trap for others—
and then watch as it snaps back on you!
Start a landslide and you’ll be the one who gets crushed.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 26:25 The Hebrew is “Seven abominations hide in his heart.” This is a figure of speech for the fullness of evil, a heart filled to the brim with darkness.