Smooth talk from an evil heart is like glaze on cracked pottery.
Your enemy shakes hands and greets you like an old friend, all the while conniving against you.
When he speaks warmly to you, don't believe him for a minute; he's just waiting for the chance to rip you off.
No matter how cunningly he conceals his malice, eventually his evil will be exposed in public.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)