Proverbs 26:10
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English Standard Version
Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.

King James Bible
The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

American Standard Version
As an archer that woundeth all, So is he that hireth a fool and he that hireth them that pass by.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Judgment determineth causes: and he that putteth a fool to silence, appeaseth anger.

English Revised Version
As an archer that woundeth all, so is he that hireth the fool and he that hireth them that pass by.

Webster's Bible Translation
The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

4 Answer not the fool according to his folly,

   Lest thou thyself also become like unto him.

After, or according to his folly, is here equivalent to recognising the foolish supposition and the foolish object of his question, and thereupon considering it, as if, e.g., he asked why the ignorant man was happier than the man who had much knowledge, or how one may acquire the art of making gold; for "a fool can ask more than ten wise men can answer." He who recognises such questions as justifiable, and thus sanctions them, places himself on an equality with the fool, and easily himself becomes one. The proverb that follows affirms apparently the direct contrary:

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the great or a great man grieveth all and he hireth the fool, he hireth also the transgressors.

both

Proverbs 11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

Romans 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

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