Proverbs 26:17-28

More Proverbs of Solomon

17 Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own
is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.
18 Like a madman who throws o firebrands, arrows, and death
19 is the man who deceives his neighbor
and says, "I am only joking!"
20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,
and where there is no p whisperer, q quarreling ceases.
21 As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
so is r a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
22 s The words of p a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.
23 t Like the u glaze 1 covering an earthen vessel
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24 Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips
and harbors deceit in his heart;
25 v when he speaks graciously, believe him not,
for there are w seven abominations in his heart;
26 though his hatred be covered with deception,
his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
27 x Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.
28 A lying tongue hates its victims,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 50:11
    Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who equip yourselves with burning torches! Walk by the light of your fire, and by the torches that you have kindled! This you have from my hand: you shall lie down in torment.
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 16:28
    A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
  3. Cross References
    Proverbs 22:10
    Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.
  4. Cross References
    Proverbs 15:18
    A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
  5. Cross References
    Proverbs 18:8
    The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 26:20
    For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 23:27
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness.
    Luke 11:39
    And the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.
  8. Cross References
    Proverbs 25:4
    Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 28:3
    Do not drag me off with the wicked, with the workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts.
  10. Cross References
    Proverbs 26:16
    The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.
  11. Cross References
    Proverbs 28:10
    Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
    Psalms 7:15
    He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made.
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