Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own
is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.
Like a madman who throws o firebrands, arrows, and death
is the man who deceives his neighbor
and says, "I am only joking!"
For lack of wood the fire goes out,
and where there is no p whisperer, q quarreling ceases.
As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
so is r a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
s The words of p a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.
t Like the u glaze covering an earthen vessel
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips
and harbors deceit in his heart;
v when he speaks graciously, believe him not,
for there are w seven abominations in his heart;
though his hatred be covered with deception,
his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
x Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.
A lying tongue hates its victims,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
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.
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.
For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
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.
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.
Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel.
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.
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.
Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made.