Proverbs 26:18-28 NLT

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.
      25 They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils.b

      References for Proverbs 26:25

        • 26:25 - Hebrew seven evils.
          26 While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.
          27 If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.
          28 A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin.