|“7 He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself. 8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you. 9 Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.…”(PROVERBS 9:7-9)|
|“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. (Proverbs 26:4)
|”Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.” (26:5)
The beauty of the PROVERBS is they need but little explanation, if any. And I rarely hear folks disagree over the truth of their profound simplicity. Do you discern how 26:4 and verse :5 Do Not contradict each other but rather support one another? Solomon was a master of the abbreviated statement of truth even when they seemed to contradict. Which made him a master teacher in the way his statements say, “Think!”(a teacher’s primary goal). And in that one word is his message throughout. Sometimes the most profound truth can be expressed with few words.