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« on: September 19, 2006, 01:43:38 PM »

> Hi Ray,
> I just have one simple question if you maybe had time to reply. In Proverbs
> 26:4; it says not to answer a fool. But the verse right after says to answer or
> they become conceited. I'm confused, which is it? I hope this doesn't sound
> stupid :)
> 4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. 5
> Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
> Thanks, Dustin

Dear Dustin:

Don't be confused--there is no contradiction.  They are BOTH true.  Sometimes it is best to answer a fool according to a fool and his folly, which I often do in my emails, and sometimes it is better to not answer a fool according to his folly.  Likewise, Jesus used both methods in His teaching. You would have learned this had you read my paper right at the very top of our home page:  "YOU FOOLS! YOUR HYPOCRITES! YOU SNAKES!"

God be with you,

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