Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death
is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!”
Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
References for Proverbs 26:20
As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
References for Proverbs 26:21
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
References for Proverbs 26:22
Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.
References for Proverbs 26:23
Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
References for Proverbs 26:24
Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts.
References for Proverbs 26:25
Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
References for Proverbs 26:27