A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a forward mouth.
– Proverbs 6:12
Verses 12-15 warn against the third folly, the worthless and wicked man. A naughty person is literally a man of Belial. Such a term always involved wickedness, worthlessness, and destructiveness. Belial came to be a term for Satan and a man or son of Belial was any who had such qualities. Wicked has the thought of trouble or a trouble-maker. Froward means perverse or crooked. Such a man’s talk is bent away from wisdom and God’s law. He is not doing or proposing anything of value or good, but rather trouble and vanity.