20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no [a]talebearer, strife ceases.
21 (A)As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a [b]talebearer are like [c]tasty trifles,
And they go down into the [d]inmost body.

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  1. Proverbs 26:20 gossip or slanderer, lit. whisperer
  2. Proverbs 26:22 gossip or slanderer
  3. Proverbs 26:22 A Jewish tradition wounds
  4. Proverbs 26:22 Lit. rooms of the belly

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