1 He who demands revenge will suffer the vengeance of the Lord who keeps a strict account of his sins. 2 Forgive the mistakes of your neighbor and you may ask that your sins be forgiven.
3 If a man bears resentment against another, how can he ask God for healing? 4 If he has no compassion on others, how can he pray for forgiveness for his sins? 5 As long as he, mere flesh, is resentful, who will obtain his pardon?
6 Remember your end and give up hatred
8 Refrain from quarreling and you will avoid sin
9 The sinner causes trouble between friends, sowing discord among peaceful people.
10 Fire burns when fuel is thrown on it
10 The more powerful the man, the greater his rage
11 A sudden quarrel sparks off a fire
12 Blow on a spark and it ignites
13 Cursed be the gossiper with his spite ful tongue. He has destroyed many who lived peacefully. 14 The vicious tongue has demolished many and hounded them from nation to nation. It has ruined powerful cities and laid low great households.
15 The vicious tongue has cast out wives who were beyond reproach, depriving them of the fruit of their work. 16 Whoever listens to it will never find rest or be able to live in peace.
17 The whip leaves a mark but the lash of the tongue shatters bones.
18 Many have been felled by the sword but many more have perished by the tongue.
19 Happy he who has escaped it and has not been exposed to its fury, who has not been weighed down by its yoke or been tied up in its chains.
20 For it is a yoke of iron and its chains are bronze. 21 It brings a miserable death. Actual death is better! 22 But it will not tyrannize those who keep faith, it will not consume their soul.
23 Those who desert the Lord will be its vic tims, it will burn them without being burnt up itself
24 Look, you put a fence around your property and protect your silver and gold. 25 In the same way, make weights and scales for your words and put a bolted door at your mouth.
26 Beware of a slip of the tongue when you speak, lest you fall in front of those who lie in wait for you.