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Proverbs 26:5

cAnswer a fool according to his folly,

lest he be dwise in his own eyes.

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Proverbs 26:5 — The New International Version (NIV)

Answer a fool according to his folly,

or he will be wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 26:5 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Proverbs 26:5 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools,

or they will become wise in their own estimation.

Proverbs 26:5 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 26:5 — New Century Version (NCV)

Answer fools when they speak foolishly,

or they will think they are really wise.

Proverbs 26:5 — American Standard Version (ASV)

Answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Proverbs 26:5 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

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

Proverbs 26:5 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Answer a fool with his own stupidity, 

or he will think he is wise. 

Proverbs 26:5 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Answer a fool according to his foolishness

or he’ll become wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 26:5 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Answer fools according to their folly,

or they will be wise in their own eyes.

Proverbs 26:5 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Answer a fool according to his folly,

or else he will be wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 26:5 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

Answer a foolish person in keeping with his foolish acts.

If you do, he won’t be wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 26:5 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Answer a fool as his folly deserves,

That he not be wise in his own eyes.


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