Proverbs 26:8 Ever seen a person awarded what they did not deserve? It happens, and sometimes it’s done to try and urge that individual to live up to the honor. This hardly ever works. Guess what? Solomon warned against such nonsense—it is as useful to tie a stone into a sling as it is to honor a fool.
So, when you honor someone and then that honor comes back to bite you? You did it. You placed them on that pedestal, empowered them in that manner, and then it backfired. This raises the question: what were you thinking? We do this all the time: we put people who are questionable at best on a pedestal. Then we are stunned at their flame-outs. Folks, think. And don’t be a fool. (More evidence? See “Celebrities, nearly any”)
Proverbs 26:18 needs Proverbs 26:19 to complete the thought. The overall thrust here is important: your hoax? Not funny. Property destruction, injury, and death follow that nonsense. So stop it. Seriously, it’s not in good fun if it harms another, and you don’t get to decide that. The target does.
Proverbs 26:28 is a great summation. Your deceptions? The ones you call “for their sake”? Those show your hatred for someone. Your flattery, just to get along? It brings ruin. If you are not honest, you are destructive. This is reality. This is life—deal with that.