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18 The one who hides his hatred while pretending to be your friend
is nothing but a liar.
But the one who slanders you behind your back
proves that he’s a fool, never to be trusted.
19 If you keep talking, it won’t be long
before you’re saying something really wrong.
Prove you’re wise from the very start—
just bite your tongue and be strong!
20 The teachings of the godly ones are like pure silver,
bringing words of redemption to others,[a]
but the heart of the wicked is corrupt.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 10:20 Or “The tongue of the just is like choice silver.” Silver is a metaphor for redemption.

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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