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Post by Abigail G. on Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:28 pm

Not sure how many of you remember all those verses from Proverbs we had going a while back(I think it was for April Fool's day). And how we were puzzling about Proverbs 26:4-5 which says
"Answer not a fool according to his folly,
lest you be like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
lest he be wise in his own eyes."

Remember how we couldn't get past the fact that these verses seem contradictory? Well, in a book I've been reading, it had an explanation for it! So I just thought I'd share w/ you what I learned. Razz

The first part "answer not a fool according to his folly" is telling us not to get caught up in the fool's way of arguing. You can't adapt to his methods and arguments, otherwise you'll be a fool too "lest you be like him yourself". The second part "answer a fool according to his folly" tells us we should not let his foolishness go unoticed, but confront him on it so he can see the folly of it "lest he be wise in his own eyes".

P.S. I found this explanation in The Ultimate Proof of Creation, by Dr. Jason Lisle.

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Post by Anna P on Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:54 am

That's really cool, I have been listening to speeches by Dr. Lisle lately, I really enjoy him.
Thanks for posting!
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Post by Clareesa on Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:33 pm

Yup! Very Happy ...I've heard it that way before....

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Post by Amy I. on Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:58 pm

that's a good explanation. Thanks, Abigail!
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Post by Cameron Frost on Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:36 am

Thanks for sharing!
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