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18 He that hideth sin’ah with sfatayim sheker, and he that uttereth a slander, is a kesil (fool).

19 In the multitude of devarim there wanteth not sin, but he that restraineth his sfatayim (lips) is maskil (wise).

20 The lashon of the tzaddik is as choice kesef; the lev of the resha’im is of little worth.

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18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips(A)
    and spreads slander is a fool.

19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
    but the prudent hold their tongues.(B)

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
    but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

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