“Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard” (v10). The proverbs teach us that fools – unteachable, impulsive, quarrelsome people – are dangers to themselves (v3,11,12), and they are also a danger to everyone else. Those trying to work with “a fool” end up “drinking violence” (v6), while giving “honor” to a fool is like giving ammunition to one prone to cruelty (v8). Gossips and those who love stirring up quarrels cause terrible harm to communities (v18-22).
“Where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases” (v20). Our words and behaviors affect everyone around us; we can either stir up strife or cultivate peace.