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Today's reading: Proverbs 26:1-28

The first twelve verses of Proverbs 26 are all about fools and their behavior. They are quite descriptive and function as a caution and warning for us against unwise actions, words and ways.

If you didn't spend much time on the first twelve verses, take another read through. What did you learn? What's one point or lesson that stood out to you? Tami

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Verse 12 stands out. As much as fools are called to task in the first eleven verses, there's more hope for the fool than for the prideful.

I agree with Brian with his thoughts about the fool and prideful.
I also think throughout these verses is deceiving/deception.
This will be one of the signs that will be prevalent before
Christ's second coming!

By the way, I enjoyed you entered into the comments of others,Tami W!!
Tami, thanks for your ministry which is a blessing to others and to me!!

In the NLT translation of my Bible; Proverbs 26:4 states..."When arguing with fools, DON'T answer their foolish arguments, or you will become as foolish as they are." Then 26:5 states..."When arguing with fools, BE SURE to answer their foolish arguments, or they will become wise in their own estimation." Any thoughts as to why the contradiction????

Michael, thanks for the question. At first glance, these two verses do look contradictory, but they really are not. What they are conveying is that depending on the situation (the mindset of the person with whom we are interacting and the nature of the actions or discussion), there will be times when we should respond and others when we should not, and it falls on us to be discerning in each circumstance. If you happen to have a study Bible, take a look at the comments and explanations provided for these verses. I have several versions of study Bibles and frequently find the comments quite helpful.

Thanks for being part of P4. Hope you have a great Christmas! Tami W.

I have not read commentaries on this, but I think I also see a paradox pointed out in juxtaposing vs. 4 and 5. Whether answering or not answering a fool, a person who has wisdom (or desires to live by wisdom) can not really win a fool away from his foolishness. God can, but we can not!. And what is a fool really? "A fool says in his heart there is no God." Psalm 14:1. I love this avenue of learning, Tami, even though I am not quite keeping up with you :-)

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