This Scripture Has Confused Me For Years


There are some scriptures I read and just can’t seem to understand them. Up until today, one of those scriptures was Proverbs 26:4-5.

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

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

“Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.

Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation.” NLT

For years I’ve tried to find out what Solomon meant and just couldn’t get it. “Do we need to answer fools or not?” I wondered.

Even after hearing some people try to explain it, it just couldn’t make sense at all.

I tried reading it from different versions (the common versions) but that didn’t help either.

But today it finally made sense. I don’t even remember how it happened. I can only attribute it to the Holy Spirit.

I was reading that same scripture when I decided to look at other translations that are not common. I came across a version that I have never heard of.


Just the name it’s self made it so appealing to me. English is not my first language so I’m all for anything that will help simplify it.

Some people take pride in reading the King James Version saying it’s the most accurate translation. Although that may be true, I have come to realize that it just doesn’t work for me. It makes it hard for me to enjoy reading the Bible.

I prefer reading an easy version, then if I need to, I will cross reference the KJV and other versions to make sure I’m not missing the content or context.

I use the New Living Translation as my main bible. But now that I was impressed by the Easy To Read Bible, I’m going to give it a try and see how I like it.

Ok, I digressed. Let’s get back to the scripture that has always confused me.

What the ERV did, was to first, combine the two verses into one. That makes so much sense because when the Bible was originally written, it wasn’t written in chapters and verses.

Chapters and verses are there to help break down the writings and make it easier to find what we are looking for.

So here is how the ERV puts it.

“There is no good way to answer fools when they say something stupid. If you answer them, then you, too, will look like a fool. If you don’t answer them, they will think they are smart.” ERV

Now that is easy! Don’t you like that? Doesn’t it solve the mystery? I LOVE IT!!!

What about you, any scripture you still find confusing even after reading it for years? Let me know in the comments section below.

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