Friends can become a burden when they are lazy and prone to whine about the mess they made.  They can become a burden if they always need a handout.  Even worse are those who have great plan to enrich themselves at your expense by lies.  The unwary can be caught in many kinds of traps that can be very evil.  But have confidence in God to keep his promise to care for you.  No matter how high evil rises God will bring them down.


Proverbs 26:15-28

15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.

Really lazy people are unbelievable.  They can be too lazy to raise a hand even to feed themselves.

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

A lazy man has all the excuses, and thinks they are all great wisdom.  He can’t listen to any number of better reasons to get to work.

17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

One who buts in to somebody else’s argument is as wise as one who grabs a dog by the ears.  That’s easy to figure out, right?  Expect a real bad series of injuries!

18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

If you cheat a neighbor or friend and then say that it was just a joke, he will not see the joke.  You will be the same to him as one who comes in with guns and bombs.  There is no way to call that a joke and get peace; you have a war.

20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.  21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.  22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

If there is no trouble making liar the argument dies down, even as the fire needs wood.  When a trouble maker joins the conversation the fire of anger is fed like the fire with fresh wood.  The lies of a troublemaker cut like a knife in the belly.

23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.  24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;  25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. 

Why would anyone silver plate a broken clay pot?  The evil mouth hides useless garbage under a similarly silvery tongue.  This evil mouth lies and lays traps for the innocent.  When this one says nice things it is all a lie hiding seven sins in his heart.  Somehow I think there are a lot of elected officials like this.  Maybe even a president…or two.

26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.  27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

Oh but don’t worry, God has a promise here that this evil will be told to the world.  Whoever digs a pit to trap others will fall into his own trap.  Whoever tries to launch a rock at someone else will have it roll back and crush him.  Trust God to balance you accounts, and don’t avenge yourself.

28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

People who lie are haters who have no care or feelings for their victims.  A mouth full of kind words and flattery destroys the world around it.  So wait and watch as God delivers his promises against all your enemies.  Let him do his job, and do not disrespect him by trying to avenge yourself.  Savor this as a chance to build your faith in God.