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Proverbs 26:20-26 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

20 For lack of wood the fire goes out;
    and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
21 As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
    so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
    they go down into the inner parts of the body.
23 Like the glaze[a] covering an earthen vessel
    are smooth[b] lips with an evil heart.
24 He who hates, dissembles with his lips
    and harbors deceit in his heart;
25 when he speaks graciously, believe him not,
    for there are seven abominations in his heart;
26 though his hatred be covered with guile,
    his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 26:23 Cn: Heb silver of dross
  2. Proverbs 26:23 Gk: Heb burning
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 26:28 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

28 A lying tongue hates its victims,
    and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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