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26 Hatred can be concealed by pretense,
    but malice will be revealed in the assembly.[a]
27 Whoever digs a pit falls into it;
    and a stone comes back upon the one who rolls it.(A)
28 The lying tongue is its owner’s enemy,
    and the flattering mouth works ruin.

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  1. 26:26 Hate may be concealed for a time, but it will eventually issue in a deed and become known in the public assembly. There is a play on words: the consonants of the word “hatred” (ś’n) are literally concealed in the word “pretense” (mś’n).

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