Proverbs 26:14-24 NLT

14 As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed.
15 Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.
16 Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.
17 Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.
18 Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon
19 is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.”
20 Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.
21 A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.
22 Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.
23 Smootha words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.

References for Proverbs 26:23

    • 26:23 - As in Greek version; Hebrew reads Burning.
      24 People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they’re deceiving you.