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Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.

I think this video encapsulates the proverb quite well.

“Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.” – Proverbs 26:4

5 Responses to “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.”

  1. funny, but not really since so true

    how long, O naive ones… will scoffers delight themselves in scoffing and fools hate knowledge? Prov 1:22b

    He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Prov 13:20

    Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals.1 Cor 15:33

  2. My take on that has been that if you are drawn into a discussion or argument that is based on illogical or fantastic thinking, you begin to think and argue illogically.
    Try arguing that if the Earth is flat, the edges MUST be square, not round. See?
    Also, answer according to a fool’s argument, lest he be wise in his own eyes. Jesus did this quite well. When asked why His disciples don’t wash their hands, Jesus asked the Pharisees why they don’t wash their hearts. Ouch!
    And lastly, Balaam’s donkey: “Hey Balaam, in all the years you’ve owned me, have I ever acted like this? Then maybe you should pay attention!”

  3. LOL; Sadly, though, many in the real world carry on like that third cow.

  4. I was going to argue with you, but then I took your advice…. (I kid, I kid!)

  5. We want to believe that which we want to believe.

    Even though it will certainly kill us.

    That’s why we need to hear the Word…over and over and over and over…until the day we die.

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