Context / meaning
Proverbs 26 [15.] The sluggard buries his hand in the dish.
He is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven men who answer with discretion.
Like one who grabs a dog’s ears
is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.
Like a madman who shoots torches, arrows, and death,
is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “Am I not joking?”
Proverbs 26 [20.] For lack of wood a fire goes out.
Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.
As coals are to hot embers,
and wood to fire,
so is a contentious man to kindling strife.
The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels,
they go down into the innermost parts.
Like silver dross on an earthen vessel
are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.
A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,
but he harbors evil in his heart.
neighbor - quarrelsome