16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
and spreads slander is a fool.
A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.
When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
and with shame comes reproach.
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid anyone who talks too much.
Without wood a fire goes out;
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.