12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
27 A worthless man plots evil,
and his speech is like a scorching fire.
4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips,
and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
9 Whoever covers an offense seeks love,
but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.
9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself,
and do not reveal another's secret,
10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,
and your ill repute have no end.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,
and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,
and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.
23 Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel
are fervent lips with an evil heart.