“Let everyone be on guard against his neighbor, And do not trust any brother; Because every brother deals craftily, And every neighbor goes about as a slanderer.
All of them are stubbornly rebellious, Going about as a talebearer. They are bronze and iron; They, all of them, are corrupt.
“For even your brothers and the household of your father, Even they have dealt treacherously with you, Even they have cried aloud after you. Do not believe them, although they may say nice things to you.”
Do not trust in a neighbor; Do not have confidence in a friend. From her who lies in your bosom Guard your lips.
And he said, “ Your brother came deceitfully and has taken away your blessing.”
You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the Lord.
He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.
He who hates disguises it with his lips, But he lays up deceit in his heart.
He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.”
They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.
Destruction is in her midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets.
There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.
Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.
Slanderous men have been in you for the purpose of shedding blood, and in you they have eaten at the mountain shrines. In your midst they have committed acts of lewdness.
But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues;
“ Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
“ Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death,
and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.
Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,