Do You Answer a Fool or Not?


Supposed contradiction and verses:


Do you answer a fool or not?


Proverbs 26:4

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


Proverbs 26:5

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



   Wow, to look this one head on, one might quickly think you are being told two different things. Look deeper. Have you ever been caught in a Catch-22? Surely you know what that is. That’s when you have to make a decision and either way you go, there’s going to be a problem with it, and often you are caught in the middle. Proverbs, being a book of wisdom, shares in this. How? Well, the first verse basically tells us that if you answer a fool, particularly with the content of what a fool would ask…..others would label you one as well. In fact, the fool might be trapping you. The next verse shows the other side of that. It says to go ahead and answer him regardless, why? If you chose not to, the foolish person would become conceited in thinking that they asked you something that silenced you. And that is the exact reason I answer these supposed contradictions atheists pose!! No contradiction.


In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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