A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh
I know the content of the Bible’s Proverb 26:28, but couldn’t get down to brass tacks (couldn’t come to the root of the matter).
“A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.”
There are further versions of this proverb:
“A lying tongue hateth those whom it hath wounded; And a flattering mouth worketh ruin.”
“A false tongue has hate for those who have clean hearts, and a smooth mouth is a cause of falling.”
“A deceitful tongue loveth not truth: and a slippery mouth worketh ruin.”
“A man who flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his steps.”
One could assume that the intent of this verse could be paraphrased, "Only a person who hates another would deliberately wound or hurt someone by lies." However, this verse really suggests, upon closer reading, that the very act of saying something negative about another will automatically reinforcethis belief.
I thought, I have a good knowledge of the basic English language, but it is most likely that I have overestimated my possibilities.
Would you be kind enough to explain me the meaning of the verse in question with lucid English words?