4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him. 5 Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes.
Growing up my dad told me to never argue with a fool. When you do, the argument will be foolish and they have more experience at that than you. Solomon would agree. You will gain nothing going tit for tat with a fool, except maybe a headache. You must treat the fool as he is. You cannot reason with a fool, it will be lost on him. A fool has no ability to reason. It is against the fool’s nature.
Answer a fool with basic wisdom and leave it at that. Trying to explain that wisdom to them is a waste of time. If you do, you will only be frustrated. They think they are right, when evidence proves otherwise. The Bible says that the fool has said in their heart that there is no God (Psalm 14:1). Have you ever heard a fool talk about God? They think He is a fairy tale, but they totally miss all of the evidence of His existence around them. They scoff at the face that God created everything, yet have you heard them to try to explain how everything began? Talk about foolish talk. They are so many academically wise people in this world who are nothing but blithering fools! They talk nonsense and yet think they are saying a lot. They reject God’s wisdom and spout foolish lies about Him. They deny Him and yet study His very detailed creation.
Be careful of fools who think they are wise. There is little hope for them.
Dear God, You are the creator of all. You are the wisest of all. Help me to follow Your wise ways and not the foolish ways of this world. Help me not to be foolish. Amen.