Day 57: Don’t Bring Me Down

Proverbs 26:4

Don’t respond to the stupidity of a fool;
you’ll only look foolish yourself.


Don’t answer the fool.

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who will not listen to reason? They talk in circles. They go around and around a subject – never comprehending a solution. They raise their voice as if they are commanding attention. They lean forward – point fingers – and slap tables. They air their stupidity for all to see – they are foolish.

It is tempting to persuade them out of their vacuous thinking, but it will not do any good. They simply can’t reason with rational thinking. They’re “know-it-alls.”

What do you do in this case?

Nothing. Don’t answer the fool. Don’t respond. Doing so only brings you down to their level. It’s not worth it.


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Read Proverbs Chapter 26

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  1. Doug on February 27, 2014 at 9:40 am

    So true. You can only share with someone who wants to be shared with. I also think this is a great reminder to all of us to not be the fool. Listen & seek understanding.

  2. henry on April 29, 2018 at 7:42 am

    We have to be led by the Holy Spirit. I have a friend who feels he needs to put a tract in everyone’s hand, even those who say they are saved. Recently, he told me he heard his next door neighbor yelling at and berating his son. My friend went over in the middle of the heated rant, and asked if he could pray for him. He was dealing with a demon, and wasn’t aware of it’s presence. The man cursed him out, and threatened him with physical harm. Clearly the demon didn’t want prayer.

  3. Ted Webster on May 1, 2020 at 8:12 am

    When you wrestle with pigs, you both are going to get DIRTY!!!