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Chapter 28

28:1 He that revengeth shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins [in remembrance.]

28:2 Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so shall thy sins also be forgiven when thou prayest.

28:3 One man beareth hatred against another, and doth he seek pardon from the Lord?

28:4 He sheweth no mercy to a man, which is like himself: and doth he ask forgiveness of his own sins?

28:5 If he that is but flesh nourish hatred, who will intreat for pardon of his sins?

28:6 Remember thy end, and let enmity cease; [remember] corruption and death, and abide in the commandments.

28:7 Remember the commandments, and bear no malice to thy neighbour: [remember] the covenant of the Highest, and wink at ignorance.

28:8 Abstain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins: for a furious man will kindle strife,

28:9 A sinful man disquieteth friends, and maketh debate among them that be at peace.

28:10 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.

28:11 An hasty contention kindleth a fire: and an hasty fighting sheddeth blood.

28:12 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.

28:13 Curse the whisperer and doubletongued: for such have destroyed many that were at peace.

28:14 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.

28:15 A backbiting tongue hath cast out virtuous women, and deprived them of their labours.

28:16 Whoso hearkeneth unto it shall never find rest, and never dwell quietly.

28:17 The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones.

28:18 Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue.

28:19 Well is he that is defended through the venom thereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor hath been bound in her bands.

28:20 For the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are bands of brass.

28:21 The death thereof is an evil death, the grave were better than it.

28:22 It shall not have rule over them that fear God, neither shall they be burned with the flame thereof.

28:23 Such as forsake the Lord shall fall into it; and it shall burn in them, and not be quenched; it shall be sent upon them as a lion, and devour them as a leopard.

28:24 Look that thou hedge thy possession about with thorns, and bind up thy silver and gold,

28:25 And weigh thy words in a balance, and make a door and bar for thy mouth.

28:26 Beware thou slide not by it, lest thou fall before him that lieth in wait.

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