Gossip and Hatred

Where there’s no whisperer a quarrel dies

just like a flame within a woodless fire. 

Smoldering embers hold a flame within

as do contentious folks among their friends.


Words of a gossip are like tasty treats

which, when they’re swallowed seem to be so sweet. 

That’s how they feel, but they’ve an evil heart.

Under the surface there’s a bitter part. 


Hatred is in disguise beneath the guile

where it will be exposed in just while

Enemies sometimes speak in gracious lies

Hiding abominations with a smile.


Image: by Eucalyp from the noun project

Source:  Proverbs 26:20-28

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune: Highland Cathedral, Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/GodOurCreator-HighlandCathedral.pdf 

Audio:www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

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