Everyone lies(A) to their neighbor;
    they flatter with their lips
    but harbor deception in their hearts.(B)

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Do not drag me away with the wicked,
    with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
    but harbor malice in their hearts.(A)

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The words of their mouths(A) are wicked and deceitful;(B)
    they fail to act wisely(C) or do good.(D)

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The soothing tongue(A) is a tree of life,(B)
    but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.(C)

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Their tongue(A) is a deadly arrow;
    it speaks deceitfully.
With their mouths they all speak cordially to their neighbors,(B)
    but in their hearts they set traps(C) for them.(D)

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13 “Their throats are open graves;
    their tongues practice deceit.”[a](A)
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”[b](B)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 3:13 Psalm 5:9
  2. Romans 3:13 Psalm 140:3