whose tongue utters no slander,(A)
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;

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13 For I hear many whispering,(A)
    “Terror on every side!”(B)
They conspire against me(C)
    and plot to take my life.(D)

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When one of them comes to see me,
    he speaks falsely,(A) while his heart gathers slander;(B)
    then he goes out and spreads(C) it around.

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Whoever slanders their neighbor(A) in secret,
    I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes(B) and a proud heart,
    I will not tolerate.

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28 They are all hardened rebels,(A)
    going about to slander.(B)
They are bronze and iron;(C)
    they all act corruptly.

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“Beware of your friends;(A)
    do not trust anyone in your clan.(B)
For every one of them is a deceiver,[a](C)
    and every friend a slanderer.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 9:4 Or a deceiving Jacob

In you are slanderers(A) who are bent on shedding blood;(B) in you are those who eat at the mountain shrines(C) and commit lewd acts.(D)

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