23 A clay vessel plated with a thin veneer of silver— that’s what smooth lips with a wicked heart are.
24 Someone who hates hides behind his words, harboring deceit within himself.
25 Though he speaks graciously, don’t believe him, for there are seven detestable things in his heart.
26 Though malice disguises itself with deception, its evil will be exposed publicly.
27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and the stone will come back on whoever starts it rolling.
28 A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.