Proverbs 26:15-25 NLT

15 Some people are so lazy that they won't lift a finger to feed themselves.
16 Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.
17 Yanking a dog's ears is as foolish as interfering in someone else's argument.
18 Just as damaging as a mad man shooting a lethal weapon
19 is someone who lies to a friend and then says, "I was only joking."
20 Fire goes out for lack of fuel, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.
21 A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.
22 What dainty morsels rumors are -- but they sink deep into one's heart.
23 Smooth a words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a common clay pot.

References for Proverbs 26:23

    • ˆ 26:23 - As in Greek version; Hebrew reads <I>Burning.</I>
      24 People with hate in their hearts may sound pleasant enough, but don't believe them.
      25 Though they pretend to be kind, their hearts are full of all kinds of evil.