Proverbs 26:4
Good News Translation
If you answer a silly question, you are just as silly as the person who asked it.

Contemporary English Version
Don't make a fool of yourself by answering a fool.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be made like him.

New American Bible
Do not answer fools according to their folly, lest you too become like them.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be made like him.

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of quarrels is as when one letteth out water: and before he suffereth reproach, he forsaketh judgment.

Judges 12:1-6 But behold there arose a sedition in Ephraim. And passing towards the north, they said to Jephte: When thou wentest to fight against the children of Ammon, why wouldst thou not call us, that we might go with thee? Therefore we will burn thy house. . . .

2 Samuel 19:41-43 Therefore all the men of Israel running together to the king, said to him: Why have our brethren the men of Juda stolen thee away, and have brought the king and his household over the Jordan, and all the men of David with him? . . .

1 Kings 12:14,16 And he spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying: My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke: My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions. . . .

2 Kings 14:8-10 Then Amasias sent messengers to Joas, son of Joachaz, son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying: Come, let us see one another. . . .

1 Peter 2:21-23 For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps. . . .

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.

Jude 1:9 When Michael the archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses, he durst not bring against him the judgment of railing speech, but said: The Lord command thee.

Context
Similitudes and Instructions
3A whip for a horse, and a snaffle for an ass, and a rod for the back of fools. 4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be made like him.5Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he imagine himself to be wise.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:6
Give not that which is holy to dogs; neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, they tear you.

Proverbs 23:9
Speak not in the ears of fools: because they will despise the instruction of thy speech.

Proverbs 29:9
If a wise man contend with a fool, whether he be angry, or laugh, he shall find no rest.

Isaiah 36:21
And they held their peace, and answered him not a word. For the king had commanded, saying: Answer him not.

Additional Translations
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be like him.Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like to him.

Answer not a fool according to his folly, Lest thou also be like unto him.

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou become like him.

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like him.

Don't answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.

Answer not a fool according to his folly, Lest thou be like to him -- even thou.
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