Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Empty words and winking of the eye are signs of fraud.
The gesture of a wink can be extremely offensive in some cultures. It is a type of secret communication. For example, in India and some Latin American countries, a wink is a sexual invitation. In business, a wink can signal deception regarding a contract or fraudulent business deal. The word for wink actually refers to “tearing, cut off, or to destroy.” That’s why we’re advised that it causes grief. A wink is rarely appropriate outside of a humorous situation. As men, we should be very keen as to what our gestures communicate.
Similarly, our Advisor warns of a “chattering fool.” This is someone who gives “lip service” – their words don’t mean anything – they’re just prating foolishly. You see an abundance of this on social media. Paul tells Timothy to turn away and avoid godless chatter (1 Timothy 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:16). Much like a ventriloquist who provides voice and fraudulently speaks through a dummy, a chatterer is spewing words that he has heard others say and don’t truly represent anything of himself.
Both of these types of communication are fraudulent and should be avoided.
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