12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool bent on folly.
13 Evil will never leave the house
of one who pays back evil for good.
Though the mother bear is ferocious, her rage is fleeting. She is a danger to the body, but the fool in his folly is dangerous in every way. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants; attacking with trickery, slander and every form of rage. He holds grudges and seeks revenge, there is no hope of peace with him. If you would run from the bear, flee from the fool! Do not let him set his heart against you.
“Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.” More than a superstition, this is a matter of principle. It is by evil actions that character is corrupted, those who do evil become evil. What then can be said of their homes? Wherever they are, evil is there, it may be ignored but it cannot be escaped. Though evil cannot be undone, there is hope for those who seek reconciliation. Have you wronged someone? Seek their forgiveness, and do what you can to make it right.