Proverbs 26:5
Modern Translations
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.

Berean Study Bible
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he become wise in his own eyes.

New American Standard Bible
Answer a fool as his foolishness deserves, So that he will not be wise in his own eyes.

NASB 1995
Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes.

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

Amplified Bible
Answer [and correct the erroneous concepts of] a fool according to his folly, Otherwise he will be wise in his own eyes [if he thinks you agree with him].

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

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

Contemporary English Version
But if you answer any fools, show how foolish they are, so they won't feel smart.

Good News Translation
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.

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

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

New King James Version
Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

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

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

World English 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.

A Faithful Version
Answer a fool according to his folly, so that he may not be wise in his own conceit.

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.

Early Modern
Geneva Bible of 1587
Answere a foole according to his foolishnes, least he be wise in his owne conceite.

Bishops' Bible of 1568
But make the foole an aunswere to his foolishnesse, lest he be wyse in his owne conceipt.

Coverdale Bible of 1535
but make ye foole an answere to his foolishnesse, lest he be wyse in his owne coceate.
Literal Translations
Literal Standard Version
Answer a fool according to his folly, "" Lest he is wise in his own eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

Smith's Literal Translation
Answer the foolish according to his folly lest he shall be wise in his own eyes.

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

Catholic Public Domain Version
Respond to the foolish according to his folly, lest he imagine himself to be wise.

Translations from Aramaic
Peshitta Holy Bible Translated
But speak with a fool according to your wisdom lest he think in his soul that he is wise.

Lamsa Bible
But answer a fool according to your wisdom, lest he think in himself that he is wise.

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Yet answer a fool according to his folly, lest he seem wise in his own conceit.









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