Day 26 // Wise In His Own Eyes

Proverbs 26

1 Honor is no more associated with fools

than snow with summer or rain with harvest.

2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,

an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.

3 Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle,

and a fool with a rod to his back!

4 Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools,

or you will become as foolish as they are.

5 Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools,

or they will become wise in their own estimation.

6 Trusting a fool to convey a message

is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison!

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  • Jo Sweeney

    I’m confused by Verse 4 & 5 where it talks about answering fools. In Verse 4 it says if we answer fools we become foolish whereas Verse 5 says we need to answer fools or they will think they are wise. Which is the correct response?

  • Jenn B.

    JO what i got from verse 4 and 5 is that we should Not answer or respond to foolish people because then we are stooping to their level. Verse five in different translation says to me that IF YOU DO – Give a silly answer to a silly question, and the one who asked it will realize that he’s not as smart as he thinks.- Good News Translation (GNT)