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Proverbs 26:5

Context
NET ©

Answer a fool according to his folly, 1  lest he be wise in his own estimation. 2 

NIV ©

Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

NASB ©

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

NLT ©

When arguing with fools, be sure to answer their foolish arguments, or they will become wise in their own estimation.

MSG ©

Answer a fool in simple terms so he doesn't get a swelled head.

BBE ©

Give a foolish man a foolish answer, or he will seem wise to himself.

NRSV ©

Answer fools according to their folly, or they will be wise in their own eyes.

NKJV ©

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


KJV
Answer
<06030> (8798)
a fool
<03684>
according to his folly
<0200>_,
lest he be wise
<02450>
in his own conceit
<05869>_.
{conceit: Heb. eyes}
NASB ©
Answer
<06030>
a fool
<03684>
as his folly
<0200>
deserves, That he not be wise
<02450>
in his own eyes
<05869>
.
HEBREW
wynyeb
<05869>
Mkx
<02450>
hyhy
<01961>
Np
<06435>
wtlwak
<0200>
lyok
<03684>
hne (26:5)
<06030>
LXXM
(33:5) alla
<235
CONJ
apokrinou {V-PMD-2S} afroni
<878
A-DSM
kata
<2596
PREP
thn
<3588
T-ASF
afrosunhn
<877
N-ASF
autou
<846
D-GSM
ina
<2443
CONJ
mh
<3165
ADV
fainhtai
<5316
V-PMS-3S
sofov
<4680
A-NSM
par
<3844
PREP
eautw
<1438
D-DSM
NET © [draft] ITL
Answer
<06030>
a fool
<03684>
according to his folly
<0200>
, lest
<06435>
he be
<01961>
wise
<02450>
in his own estimation
<05869>
.
NET ©

Answer a fool according to his folly, 1  lest he be wise in his own estimation. 2 

NET © Notes

sn The apparent contradiction with the last verse has troubled commentators for some time. The Rabbis solved it by saying that v. 4 referred to secular things, but v. 5 referred to sacred or religious controversies. While this does not resolve the issue, it does give a sound application for the two verses together – in negligible issues one should just ignore the stupid person, but in issues that matter the fool must be dealt with, lest credence be given to what he says (W. G. Plaut, Proverbs, 266). The text presents two proverbs each of which presents an aspect of the whole truth. One should not lower himself to the level of the fool, but there are times when the lesser of two evils is to do so, other than let the fool gain confidence that he is a wise person or be considered wise by others. Paul, for example, talked like a “fool” to correct the foolish ideas of the Corinthians (2 Cor 11:16-17; 12:11).

tn Heb “in his own eyes” (so NAB, NASB, NIV).



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