Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows
is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.1
References for Proverbs 26:20
As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.2
References for Proverbs 26:21
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.3
References for Proverbs 26:22
Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.
References for Proverbs 26:23
A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,4 but in his heart he harbors deceit.5
References for Proverbs 26:24
Though his speech is charming,6 do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.7
References for Proverbs 26:25
His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
If a man digs a pit,8 he will fall into it;9 if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.10
References for Proverbs 26:27
A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth11 works ruin.
References for Proverbs 26:28