Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you yourself will be just like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.

(Proverbs 26)

I laugh at anyone who points to this verses as a contradiction in the Bible. (And by contradiction I mean evidence against the Bible’s inerrancy, cause obviously these verses DO contradict each other.) šŸ™‚

In these verses, it’s almost like God is saying, “Life is tough. Not everything is black and white.”

In some instances, you refute and correct the fool. In other instances, you’re just being foolish if you choose to answer him. There is no answer that is right for every case – life requires discretion. For the tough times that arise, you need the very subject of Proverbs – wisdom.

I love that God does not pretend life is easy. Cause it sure isn’t. I love that He doesn’t say: In event #1, do this. In event #2, do this.

He knows life is rough, cause He’s been through it too.

“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Hebrews 2:18

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.”

Hebrews 4 :15

What a God! “Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are wayward; for he himself also is beset with weakness”! How amazing – that our Creator and Lord should choose to be clothed with human skin, to take on ourĀ cursedĀ aging and limitations and smells and pains! He has truly won our hearts, through the very goodness of His character.

But I digress, sorry. šŸ˜›

I doubt I will ever be able to read Proverbs 26:4-5 without looking on the verses as… God not patronizing life or painting it as more honey-colored than it is. He’s straight up with us – Life is not easy. “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”