Proverbs 31:8–9 (NIV)
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 26:17 (NIV)
17 Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears
is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
Proverbs 26:20–22 (NIV)
20 Without wood a fire goes out;
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
Proverbs 26:23–28 (NIV)
23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
25 Though their speech is charming, do not believe them,
for seven abominations fill their hearts.
26 Their malice may be concealed by deception,
but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it;
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Proverbs 26:2 (NIV)
2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
Proverbs 26:4 (NIV)
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you yourself will be just like him.
Proverbs 26:6 (NIV)
6 Sending a message by the hands of a fool
is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.
Proverbs 26:11 (NIV)
11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
so fools repeat their folly.
Proverbs 26:18–19 (NIV)
18 Like a maniac shooting
flaming arrows of death
19 is one who deceives their neighbor
and says, “I was only joking!”
Proverbs 24:21–22 (ESV)
21 My son, fear the Lord and the king,
and do not join with those who do otherwise,
22 for disaster will arise suddenly from them,
and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?
Proverbs 24:26 (ESV)
26 Whoever gives an honest answer
kisses the lips.
Proverbs 24:29 (ESV)
29 Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;
I will pay the man back for what he has done.”