Proverbs 26:5
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.

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

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

New American Bible
Answer fools according to their folly, lest they become wise in their own eyes.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he imagine himself to be wise.

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1 Kings 22:24-28 And Sedecias, the son of Chanaana, came, and struck Micheas on the cheek, and said: Hath then the spirit of the Lord left me, and spoken to thee? . . .

Jeremiah 36:17,18 And they asked him, saying: Tell us how didst thou write all these words from his mouth. . . .

Matthew 15:1-3 Then came to him from Jerusalem scribes and Pharisees, saying: . . .

Matthew 16:1-4 And there came to him the Pharisees and Sadducees tempting: and they asked him to shew them a sign from heaven. . . .

Matthew 21:23-27 And when he was come into the temple, there came to him, as he was teaching, the chief priests and ancients of the people, saying: By what authority dost thou these things? And who hath given thee this authority? . . .

Matthew 22:15-32 Then the Pharisees going, consulted among themselves how to insnare him in his speech. . . .

Luke 12:31-21 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice: and all these things shall be added unto you. . . .

Luke 13:23-30 And a certain man said to him: Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them: . . .

John 8:7 When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

John 9:26-33 They said then to him: What did he to thee? How did he open thy eyes? . . .

Titus 1:13 This testimony is true. Wherefore, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith:

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Proverbs 26:12 Hast thou seen a man wise in his own conceit? there shall be more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 28:11 The rich man seemeth to himself wise: but the poor man that is prudent shall search him out.

Romans 11:25 For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, of this mystery (lest you should be wise in your own conceits) that blindness in part has happened in Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles should come in.

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Isaiah 5:21 Woe to you that are wise in your own eyes, and prudent in your own conceits.

Romans 12:16 Being of one mind one towards another. Not minding high things, but consenting to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Context
Similitudes and Instructions
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.6He that sendeth words by a foolish messenger, is lame of feet and drinketh iniquity.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:1
And there came to him the Pharisees and Sadducees tempting: and they asked him to shew them a sign from heaven.

Matthew 21:24
Jesus answering, said to them: I also will ask you one word, which if you shall tell me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.

Romans 12:16
Being of one mind one towards another. Not minding high things, but consenting to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Proverbs 3:7
For it shall be health to thy navel, and moistening to thy bones.

Proverbs 26:6
He that sendeth words by a foolish messenger, is lame of feet and drinketh iniquity.

Proverbs 26:12
Hast thou seen a man wise in his own conceit? there shall be more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 28:11
The rich man seemeth to himself wise: but the poor man that is prudent shall search him out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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