Proverbs 26:5
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New International Version
Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

New Living Translation
Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation.

English Standard Version
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

New American Standard Bible
Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes.

King James Bible
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Answer a fool according to his foolishness or he'll become wise in his own eyes.

International Standard Version
Answer a fool according to his foolishness, or he will think himself to be wise.

NET Bible
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own estimation.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But speak with a fool according to your wisdom lest he think in his soul that he is wise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Answer a fool with his own stupidity, or he will think he is wise.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

New American Standard 1977
Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
            Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Answer the fool showing him his folly lest he be wise in his own conceit.

King James 2000 Bible
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

American King James Version
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

American Standard Version
Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he imagine himself to be wise.

Darby Bible Translation
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

English Revised Version
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Webster's Bible Translation
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

World English Bible
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
26:2. He that is cursed without cause, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head. 3. Every creature must be dealt with according to its nature, but careless and profligate sinners never will be ruled by reason and persuasion. Man indeed is born like the wild ass's colt; but some, by the grace of God, are changed. 4,5. We are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate. 6-9. Fools are not fit to be trusted, nor to have any honour. Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness. 10. This verse may either declare how the Lord, the Creator of all men, will deal with sinners according to their guilt, or, how the powerful among men should disgrace and punish the wicked. 11. The dog is a loathsome emblem of those sinners who return to their vices, 2Pe 2:22. 12. We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it. This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad. 13. The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour. But it is foolish to frighten ourselves from real duties by fancied difficulties. This may be applied to a man slothful in the duties of religion. 14. Having seen the slothful man in fear of his work, here we find him in love with his ease. Bodily ease is the sad occasion of many spiritual diseases. He does not care to get forward with his business. Slothful professors turn thus. The world and the flesh are hinges on which they are hung; and though they move in a course of outward services, yet they are not the nearer to heaven. 15. The sluggard is now out of his bed, but he might have lain there, for any thing he is likely to bring to pass in his work. It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot. Those that are slothful in religion, will not be at the pains to feed their souls with the bread of life, nor to fetch in promised blessings by prayer. 16. He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master, and that his labour shall not be in vain. 17. To make ourselves busy in other men's matters, is to thrust ourselves into temptation. 18,19. He that sins in jest, must repent in earnest, or his sin will be his ruin. 20-22. Contention heats the spirit, and puts families and societies into a flame. And that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning by whisperers and backbiters. 23. A wicked heart disguising itself, is like a potsherd covered with the dross of silver.
Study Bible
Similitudes and Instructions
4Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him. 5Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes. 6He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:1
Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came and tested Jesus by asking Him to show them a sign from heaven.

Matthew 21:24
"I will also ask you one question," Jesus replied, "and if you answer Me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Romans 12:16
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but enjoy the company of the lowly. Do not be conceited.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 26:6
He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.

Proverbs 26:12
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Proverbs 28:11
The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding sees through him.
Treasury of Scripture

Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

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1 Kings 22:24-28 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on …

Jeremiah 36:17,18 And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How did you write all …

Matthew 15:1-3 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying…

Matthew 16:1-4 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired …

Matthew 21:23-27 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders …

Matthew 22:15-32 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle …

Luke 12:31-21 But rather seek you the kingdom of God; and all these things shall …

Luke 13:23-30 Then said one to him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said to them…

John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said …

John 9:26-33 Then said they to him again, What did he to you? how opened he your eyes…

Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Why rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound …

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Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that has understanding …

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, …

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Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but …

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