Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like to him.

New American Standard Bible

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.

King James Version

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

Holman Bible

Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishness
or you’ll be like him yourself.

International Standard Version

Don't answer a fool according to his foolishness, or you will be just like him.

American Standard Version

Answer not a fool according to his folly, Lest thou also be like unto him.

Amplified


Do not answer [nor pretend to agree with the frivolous comments of] a [closed-minded] fool according to his folly,
Otherwise you, even you, will be like him.

Bible in Basic English

Do not give to the foolish man a foolish answer, or you will be like him.

Darby Translation

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

Julia Smith Translation

Thou shalt not answer the foolish according to his folly lest thou shalt be like to him.

King James 2000

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like unto him.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Do not answer a fool according to his folly lest you become like him--even you.

Modern King James verseion

Do not answer a fool according to his foolishness, lest you also be like him.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Give not the fool an answer after his foolishness, lest thou become like unto him;

NET Bible

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you yourself also be like him.

New Heart English Bible

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.

The Emphasized Bible

Do not answer a dullard, according to his folly, lest, even thou thyself, become like him;

Webster

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like him.

World English Bible

Don't answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.

Youngs Literal Translation

Answer not a fool according to his folly, Lest thou be like to him -- even thou.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
ענה 
`anah 
Usage: 329

not a fool
כּסיל 
K@ciyl 
Usage: 70

אוּלת 
'ivveleth 
Usage: 25

lest thou also be like
שׁוה 
Shavah 
Usage: 21

References

Hastings

Context Readings

All About Fools

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. 4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like to him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.



Cross References

Judges 12:1-6

And the men of Ephraim were gathered together, and passed northward. And they said to Jephthah, Why did thou pass over to fight against the sons of Ammon, and did not call us to go with thee? We will burn thy house upon thee with f

2 Samuel 19:41-43

And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen thee away, and brought the king, and his household, over the Jordan, and all David's men with him?

1 Kings 12:14

and spoke to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

1 Kings 12:16

And when all Israel saw that the king did not hearken to them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? Neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel. Now see to thine own hous

2 Kings 14:8-10

Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look each other in the face.

Proverbs 17:14

The beginning of strife is [like] letting out water. Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling.

Proverbs 26:5

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

Isaiah 36:21

But they held their peace, and answered him not a word. For the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

1 Peter 2:21-23

For ye were called for this. Because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example, so that ye should follow his footsteps.

1 Peter 3:9

not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling, but instead giving praise, knowing that ye were called for this, so that ye might inherit a blessing.

Jude 1:9

But Michael the arch-agent, when he disputed with the devil, contending about the body of Moses, dared not bring a railing judgment, but said, May Lord rebuke thee.

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