A bad messenger plunges men into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing. Proverbs 13:17
A man of violence entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good. Proverbs 16:29
The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes. Proverbs 21:109
If a "bad messenger" (fwr-jxlm), a "man of violence"
(smH-wyx) and a "wicked man" (fwr) are indeed this
dangerous, then it is the better part of wisdom to avoid them altogether whenever possible. Surely a person could learn by others' experience and avoid "bread gained by
deceit" (rqw-MHl).10 Who in their right mind would
attempt to "correct" (rsy) or "argue with" (Hky, hi.)
a "scoffer" (Cl) if it brings "abuse" (Nvlq) and
Two figures in particular pose hazards which, it would seem, are best avoided: the king and the stranger. The
"wrath of a king" (jlm-tmH) is best appeased (rpk,
pi.), for it customarily brings death (16:14). If it cannot be appeased one surely ought to avoid him until it passes.
9 Cf. 9.7 8; 11.15; 19:12; 20:2; 20:16; 23:13 20:17. 9:7-8. 10 11