He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
– Proverbs 24:8
Verses 8-9 form a saying on the general disapproval of scheming men. The word for deviseth means to plait, or weave, like a basket or rug. The word is used of Joseph’s brother for the evil they “thought” against him (Genesis 50:20). It literally refers to weaving strands together but is used more figuratively to speak of a plan or contrivance. The word for mischievous means a plan, or a scheme, and usually an evil one. The word for called is to call out by name, and so an evil planner comes to be known as a schemer. The wicked in Proverbs are characterized as always thinking about and planning evil things (Proverbs 6:14, 18; 14:22; 24:2).