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Proverbs 26:20

Context

26:20 Where there is no wood, a fire goes out,

and where there is no gossip, 1  contention ceases. 2 

Proverbs 26:22

Context

26:22 The words of a gossip are like delicious morsels;

they go down into a person’s innermost being. 3 

1 sn Gossip (that is, the one who goes around whispering and slandering) fuels contention just as wood fuels a fire. The point of the proverb is to prevent contention – if one takes away the cause, contention will cease (e.g., 18:8).

2 tn Heb “becomes silent.”

3 tn The proverb is essentially the same as 18:8; it observes how appealing gossip is.



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