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Proverbs 26:4

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.

Read Proverbs 26:4 Using Other Translations

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.
Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.

What does Proverbs 26:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 26:4

Answer not a fool according to his folly
Sometimes a fool, or wicked man, is not to be answered at all; as the ministers of Hezekiah answered not a word to Rabshakeh; nor Jeremiah the prophet to Hananiah; nor Christ to the Scribes and Pharisees; and when an answer is returned, it should not be in his foolish way and manner, rendering evil for evil, and railing for railing, in the same virulent, lying, calumniating, and reproachful language; lest thou also be like unto him;
lest thou also, who art a man of understanding and sense, and hast passed for one among men, come under the same imputation, and be reckoned a fool like him.

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