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4 Whoever is quick to believe has a trivial heart and will be diminished. And whoever offends against his own soul will have even less.
4 He that is hasty to give credit is lightminded; and he that sinneth shall offend against his own soul.
5 Whoever rejoices in iniquity will be condemned. And whoever hates correction will have less in life. But whoever hates excessive talk extinguishes evil.
5 Whoso taketh pleasure in wickedness shall be condemned: but he that resisteth pleasures crowneth his life.
6 Whoever sins against his own soul will be punished. And whoever rejoices in malice will be condemned.
6 He that can rule his tongue shall live without strife; and he that hateth babbling shall have less evil.
7 You should not repeat a wicked and harsh word, and then you will not be diminished.
7 Rehearse not unto another that which is told unto thee, and thou shalt fare never the worse.
8 Do not reveal your mind to friend or foe. And if there is a sin within you, do not disclose it.
8 Whether it be to friend or foe, talk not of other men’s lives; and if thou canst without offence, reveal them not.
9 For he will listen to you and watch you, and while pretending to defend your sin, he will despise you, and so he will be whenever he is with you.
9 For he heard and observed thee, and when time cometh he will hate thee.
10 Have you heard a word against your neighbor? Let it die within you, trusting that it will not burst forth from you.
10 If thou hast heard a word, let it die with thee; and be bold, it will not burst thee.
11 Before the face of a word, a foolish man labors, like a woman groaning as she gives birth to a child.
11 A fool travaileth with a word, as a woman in labour of a child.
12 Like an arrow fixed in the flesh of the thigh, so is a word in the heart of a foolish man.
12 As an arrow that sticketh in a man’s thigh, so is a word within a fool’s belly.