Wednesday, December 15, 2004


I am reading Proverbs right now, and last night I came across something that i REALLY didnt get... I was wondering if any of you could help me?
Its from the New Living Translation Bible.

Proverbs 26 4-5:

4When arguing with fools, don't answer their foolish arguments, or you will become as foolish as they are.
5When arguing with fools, be sure to answer their foolish arguments, or they will become wise in their own estimation

Isnt that just one, big contradiction???


Blogger Jake said...

Following Tim's suggestion, I looked up the passage in serveral versions. Although it didn't actually help me find the answer, it does give you a couple of different wordings (obviosly) which I think is helpful.

OK, I did a little research on the web, and found this exact quote on a number of different sites:

These verses from Proverbs tell us how to address a self confident, conceited, person who is acting foolishly. Verse 4 tells us when a person is acting conceited and haughty that we are not to stoop to their level and act the same way. If we do, then we are no better than they are. Sometimes people will challenge us with an attitude that is not Christian, hoping we will respond in like manner. For example, if someone yells at us or is angry with us, we should not respond in the same tone.

Also, my dad thinks that it is just a way of showing that it is a lose-lose sitiation, wheather you answer the 'fool' or not, you're going to have some kind of problem.


December 15, 2004 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Thanks Jake. That did help. It's still kind of confusing to me, but then again... a lot of things in the Bilbe can be confusing (like the trinity for instance!) I guess i can ask about it once i get 2 heavnen! ;-) Thanks again!

December 15, 2004 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Agent Tim said...

LOL @ "Tim's suggestion" !!!
Yeah, I'll have to think about that question. I think my mom might have an answer. I'll get back to you or answer it on my site.


December 15, 2004 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Agent Tim said...

Also Jake,
You sometimes need to expose the foolishness of fools, and other times not stoop to their level.


December 15, 2004 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Jake said...

Good stuff, as usual Tim. ;)

BTW, I've found a few answers by just looking at stuff in a different version of the bible. I'm glad you said that. :D

December 15, 2004 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Agent Tim said...

No problem!


December 16, 2004 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Thanks a bunch, guys. I brought these verses up in Sunday School today, too. My teacher said basically the same thing that you guys did. Another good point that she made was that non-believers will often try to set up a trap for Christians to fall into. As Christians, we shouldnt argue about little, petty things so that we dont fall into such traps. We dont want these fools to "suck us in." However, we do want to explain things so that these fools do not become "wise in their own eyes."

December 19, 2004 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Jake said...

That's a good point too. ;)

December 20, 2004 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Agent Tim said...

Yep. good point!


December 21, 2004 at 12:16 PM  

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