Proverbs 26:5
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New International Version
Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

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

Darby Bible Translation
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.

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

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Answer not a fool - On this and the following verse Bishop Warburton, who has written well on many things, and very indifferently on the doctrine of grace, has written with force and perspicuity: "Had this advice been given simply, and without circumstance, to answer the fool, and not to answer him, one who had reverence for the text would satisfy himself in supposing that the different directions referred to the doing a thing in and out of season;

1. The reasons given why a fool should not be answered according to his folly, is, "lest he (the answerer) should be like unto him."

2. The reason given why the fool should be answered according to his folly, is, "lest he (the fool) should be wise in his own conceit."

1. "The cause assigned for forbidding to answer, therefore, plainly insinuates that the defender of religion should not imitate the insulter of it in his modes of disputation, which may be comprised in sophistry, buffoonery, and scurrility.

2. "The cause assigned for directing to answer, as plainly intimates that the sage should address himself to confute the fool upon his own false principles, by showing that they lead to conclusions very wide from, very opposite to, those impieties he would deduce from them. If any thing can allay the fool's vanity, and prevent his being wise in his own conceit, it must be the dishonor of having his own principles turned against himself, and shown to be destructive of his own conclusions." - Treatise on Grace. Preface.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

fool

1 Kings 22:24-28 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said...

Jeremiah 36:17,18 And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How did you write all these words at his mouth...

Matthew 15:1-3 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying...

Matthew 16:1-4 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven...

Matthew 21:23-27 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said...

Matthew 22:15-32 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk...

Luke 12:31-21 But rather seek you the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added to you...

Luke 13:23-30 Then said one to him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said to them...

John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them, He that is without sin among you...

John 9:26-33 Then said they to him again, What did he to you? how opened he your eyes...

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

lest

Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that has understanding searches him out.

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits...

conceit

Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

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One Lion Two Lions no Lion at All
A sermon (No. 1670) delivered on Thursday Evening, June 8th, 1882, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets."--Proverbs 22:13. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets."--Proverbs 26:13. This slothful man seems to cherish that one dread of his about the lions, as if it were his favorite aversion and he felt it to be too much trouble to invent another excuse.
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Matthew 16:1
The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

Matthew 21:24
Jesus replied, "I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Romans 12:16
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

Proverbs 26:6
Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison.

Proverbs 26:12
Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

Proverbs 28:11
The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

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