29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
The past few verses have been about the person who causes trouble. Whether it is by creating the trouble, stirring the trouble, or capitalizing on the trouble.
That is essentially what this verse continues saying, even taking another step further.
In verse 27 we learn that the ungodly person can not wait to start problems. In verse 28 we learn that this person even lets these problems come between friends.
Specifically, in verse 28 we begin to see how sneaky the violence in our hearts can be, because “a whisperer separateth chief (best) friends.”
God speaks in a still, small voice (a whisper). It would seem that Satan does, as well.
Perhaps you have heard the term “Misery/Evil loves company.” This is just saying that sad people like having other sad people around to commiserate with them. Likewise, evil people only want other evil people around them (because good people remind them of their guilt).
Verse 29 shows us that those whispers may not separate friends (at least immediately).
In fact, the one who allows violence of the heart (hatred, wanting to hurt others/animals, envy, distrust, paranoia, etcetera) to thrive inside will attempt to convince their friends to follow them. They will speak convincing words and attempt to sway you of their rightness (self-righteousness).
If you follow them into this violence of the heart, you will become just like them. You will live out this violence.
You will gradually fall away from God’s truth, because God is the God of love and peace. As Casting Crowns put it, “It’s a slow fade.”
It is as though your friends whisper death into your ears, and you slowly die inside as you listen to their whispers.
You may not go to hell, but you will be guilty of hindering the work of God in your life and the life of your friends.
God of Peace, do not let us give in to the violence in our hearts. Protect our ears and our hearts from the whispers of those who would lead us astray.