Proverbs 16:28
Good News Translation
Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships.

Contemporary English Version
Gossip is no good! It causes hard feelings and comes between friends.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A perverse man stirreth up quarrels: and one full of words separateth princes.

New American Bible
Perverse speech sows discord, and talebearing separates bosom friends.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A perverse man stirreth up quarrels: and one full of words separateth princes.

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Proverbs 6:14,19 To such a one his destruction shall presently come, and he shall suddenly be destroyed, and shall no longer have any remedy. . . .

Proverbs 15:18 A passionate man stirreth up strifes: he that is patient appeaseth those that are stirred up.

Proverbs 18:8 The words of the double tongued are as if they were harmless: and they reach even to the inner parts of the bowels. Fear casteth down the slothful: and the souls of the effeminate shall be hungry.

Proverbs 26:20-22 When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease. . . .

Proverbs 29:22 A passionate man provoketh quarrels: and he that is easily stirred up to wrath, shall be more prone to sin.

Proverbs 30:33 And he that strongly squeezeth the paps to bring out milk, straineth out butter: and he that violently bloweth his nose, bringeth out blood: and he that provoketh wrath, bringeth forth strife.

1 Timothy 6:3-5 If any man teach otherwise and consent not to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and to that doctrine which is according to godliness, . . .

James 3:14-16 But if you have bitter zeal, and there be contention in your hearts: glory not and be not liars against the truth. . . .

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Proverbs 17:9 He that concealeth a transgression, seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends.

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise?

1 Samuel 24:9 And said to Saul: Why dost thou hear the words of men that say: David seeketh thy hurt?

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness: full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity: whisperers,

2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear lest perhaps, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found by you such as you would not. Lest perhaps contentions, envyings, animosities, dissensions, detractions, whisperings, swellings, seditions, be among you.

Context
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
27The wicked man diggeth evil, and in his lips is a burning fire. 28A perverse man stirreth up quarrels: and one full of words separateth princes.29An unjust man allureth his friend: and leadeth him into a way that is not good.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:14
To such a one his destruction shall presently come, and he shall suddenly be destroyed, and shall no longer have any remedy.

Proverbs 15:18
A passionate man stirreth up strifes: he that is patient appeaseth those that are stirred up.

Proverbs 16:27
The wicked man diggeth evil, and in his lips is a burning fire.

Proverbs 16:29
An unjust man allureth his friend: and leadeth him into a way that is not good.

Proverbs 17:9
He that concealeth a transgression, seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends.

Proverbs 26:20
When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease.

Additional Translations
A perverse man spreads dissension, and a gossip divides close friends.A fraudulent man sows strife: and a whisperer separates chief friends.

A perverse man scattereth abroad strife; And a whisperer separateth chief friends.

A perverse man spreads mischief, and will kindle a torch of deceit with mischiefs; and he separates friends.

A false man soweth contention; and a talebearer separateth very friends.

A froward man scattereth abroad strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.

A froward man sendeth forth contention, A tale-bearer is separating a familiar friend.
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