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Gossip: Why Does It Distort Relationships?

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Proverbs 10:18–19 (Listen)

18   The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,
    and whoever utters slander is a fool.
19   When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
    but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

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Proverbs 10:31–32 (Listen)

31   The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
    but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
32   The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
    but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.

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Proverbs 12:13–14 (Listen)

13   An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,1
    but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14   From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,
    and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.

Footnotes

[1] 12:13 Or In the transgression of the lips, there is an evil snare

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Proverbs 17:27–28 (Listen)

27   Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
    and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28   Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
    when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

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