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Proverbs 26:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own conceit.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Answer a fool as his folly [deserves], That he not be wise in his own eyes.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Answer a dullard according to his folly, lest he become wise in his own eyes.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he imagine himself to be wise.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Answere a foole according to his folly, lest hee be wise in his owne conceit.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Yet answer a fool according to his folly, lest he seem wise in his own conceit.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Answer 6030
{6030} Prime
A primitive root; properly to eye or (generally) to heed, that is, pay attention; by implication to respond; by extension to begin to speak; specifically to sing, shout, testify, announce.
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
a fool 3684
{3684} Prime
From H3688; properly fat, that is, (figuratively) stupid or silly.
according to his folly, 200
{0200} Prime
From the same as H0191; silliness.
lest x6435
(6435) Complement
From H6437; properly removal; used only (in the constructive) adverbially as conjugation lest.
he be x1961
(1961) Complement
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
wise 2450
{2450} Prime
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
in his own conceit. 5869
{5869} Prime
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 26:4-5.

Proverbs 26:5

_ _ Answer — by reproof.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 26:5

According — So as his folly needs and requires, convincing him strongly, reproving him sharply, and exposing him to just shame.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 26:5

Answer a fool (b) according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

(b) Reprove him as the matter requires.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
a fool:

1 Kings 22:24-28 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? ... And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of you.
Jeremiah 36:17-18 And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou write all these words at his mouth? ... Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote [them] with ink in the book.
Matthew 15:1-3 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, ... But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Matthew 16:1-4 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. ... A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
Matthew 21:23-27 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? ... And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.
Matthew 22:15-32 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in [his] talk. ... I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
Luke 12:13-21 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. ... So [is] he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Luke 13:23-30 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, ... And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
John 9:26-33 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? ... If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;


Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.
Proverbs 28:11 The rich man [is] wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Heb. eyes,
Isaiah 5:21 Woe unto [them that are] wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Romans 12:16 [Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
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1K 22:24. Pv 26:12; 28:11. Is 5:21. Jr 36:17. Mt 15:1; 16:1; 21:23; 22:15. Lk 12:13; 13:23. Jn 8:7; 9:26. Ro 11:25; 12:16. Tit 1:13.

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