“With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered” (Proverbs 11:9, ESV).
The word “godless” is rather strong (the NKJV uses the word “hypocrite”); we understand, however, that if one destroys with the mouth, the one who seeks to destroy is not godly. There are Christians who are guilty of such activity; they need rebuke and, if required, avoidance. Is it not unfortunate that such a small member of the body can dismantle a body composed of many members? Godly knowledge, on the other hand, delivers those who seek a godly refuge. RT