Troublemakers and villains,
who go about with corrupt mouths,
who wink maliciously with their eyes,
signal with their feet
and motion with their fingers,
who plot evil with deceit in their hearts—
they always stir up dissension.
Therefore disaster will overtake them in an instant;
they will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
The Holy Bible : Today’s New International Version. 2005 (Pr 6:12–15). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
The Book of Proverbs was written in the context of the Israelites being part of the Mosaic covenant–a contract between God and his people. Israel had been a vassal of Egypt, then God saved them out of slavery and made them his vassal instead. As a result, they were from that time on obligated to God. They agreed to do certain things and not do certain things. The consequence of obedience was blessing, according to the contract, and cursings for disobedience. It’s all laid out in the formal contract itself, the book of Deuteronomy. The list of blessings and cursings appear in Deuteronomy 28. Based on the language in the contract, the author of Proverbs is reminding his readers that those who violate the contract will be punished. And the stipulations of the contract are easy to summarize: love God and love people (see Matthew 22:34-40). Fail to do either of those things, and only problems will come to you.