“Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be wise in his own eyes.”
Thursday’s Bible reading of Proverbs 26–27 continues the section containing, “Further Proverbs of Solomon (Hezekiah’s Collection).”1
How do you recognize a fool? Go back to the first chapter of Proverbs:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
We need to learn wise interaction with everyone, and today’s reading provides wisdom on dealing with fools to save us not only time and energy, but heartache. In fact, A. F. Walls titles 26:1–12, “A book of fools”; 26:13–16, “A books of sluggards”; and 26:17–28, “A book of scoundrels”.2 I was reminded of Jesus’ admonition, “…do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
Walls titles chapter 27, “Remarks on human relations,” and there you will find wisdom on friendship and other relationships.3
Proverbs saves us from stumbling and disaster in so many areas. It’s amazing to me that it’s not taught more thoroughly or studied more often to spare Christians many pitfalls and to set us on sure paths.
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1Derek Kidner, Proverbs, p. 57.
2, 3A. F. Walls, “Proverbs,” The New Bible Commentary: Revised, D. Guthrie, J. A. Motyer, eds., A. M. Stibbs, D. J. Wiseman, contributing eds., pp. 567, 568.
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