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Chapter 27 16 Whoso discovereth secrets loseth his credit; and shall never find friend to his mind.17 Love thy friend, and be faithful unto him: but if thou betrayest his secrets, follow no more after him.18 For as a man hath destroyed his enemy; so hast thou lost the love of thy neighbor.19 As one that letteth a bird go out of his hand, so hast thou let thy neighbour go, and shalt not get him again20 Follow after him no more, for he is too far off; he is as a roe escaped out of the snare.21 As for a wound, it may be bound up; and after reviling there may be reconcilement: but he that betrayeth secrets is without hope.22 He that winketh with the eyes worketh evil: and he that knoweth him will depart from him.23 When thou art present, he will speak sweetly, and will admire thy words: but at the last he will writhe his mouth, and slander thy sayings.24 I have hated many things, but nothing like him; for the Lord will hate him.25 Whoso casteth a stone on high casteth it on his own head; and a deceitful stroke shall make wounds.26 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that setteth a trap shall be taken therein.27 He that worketh mischief, it shall fall upon him, and he shall not know whence it cometh.28 Mockery and reproach are from the proud; but vengeance, as a lion, shall lie in wait for them.29 They that rejoice at the fall of the righteous shall be taken in the snare; and anguish shall consume them before they die.30 Malice and wrath, even these are abominations; and the sinful man shall have them both.

Chapter 28 1 He that revengeth shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins [in remembrance.]2 Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so shall thy sins also be forgiven when thou prayest.3 One man beareth hatred against another, and doth he seek pardon from the Lord?4 He sheweth no mercy to a man, which is like himself: and doth he ask forgiveness of his own sins?5 If he that is but flesh nourish hatred, who will intreat for pardon of his sins?6 Remember thy end, and let enmity cease; [remember] corruption and death, and abide in the commandments.7 Remember the commandments, and bear no malice to thy neighbour: [remember] the covenant of the Highest, and wink at ignorance.8 Abstain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins: for a furious man will kindle strife,9 A sinful man disquieteth friends, and maketh debate among them that be at peace.10 As the matter of the fire is, so it burneth: and as a man's strength is, so is his wrath; and according to his riches his anger riseth; and the stronger they are which contend, the more they will be inflamed.11 An hasty contention kindleth a fire: and an hasty fighting sheddeth blood.12 If thou blow the spark, it shall burn: if thou spit upon it, it shall be quenched: and both these come out of thy mouth.13 Curse the whisperer and doubletongued: for such have destroyed many that were at peace.14 A backbiting tongue hath disquieted many, and driven them from nation to nation: strong cities hath it pulled down, and overthrown the houses of great men.15 A backbiting tongue hath cast out virtuous women, and deprived them of their labours.16 Whoso hearkeneth unto it shall never find rest, and never dwell quietly.17 The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones.18 Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue.19 Well is he that is defended through the venom thereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor hath been bound in her bands.20 For the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are bands of brass.