Answering Foolish Arguments
(read the whole chapter - Proverbs 26)
26.4 When arguing
with fools, don't answer their foolish arguments, or you will become as foolish
as they are.
v.5 When arguing with fools, be sure to answer their foolish arguments, or they will become wise in their own estimation.
These two statements are not a contradiction, but answer the full scope of men's foolish arguments treating each man according to his condition.
In some cases, you must not argue with fools and reason with them since their arguments are empty, and it will only make them proud and determined to win the argument if you answer them. There is no way you can penetrate their closed minds so don't even try. Don't stoop to their level. Fools will literally abuse you and tempt you to abuse them back.
There are other times where your common sense tells you to answer in order to expose their pride and folly.
Pro 26:6 Trusting a fool to convey a message is as foolish as cutting off one's feet or drinking poison!
O boy! I recall making this mistake before. Especially in matters of love, remember this verse.
v.9 A proverb in a fool's mouth is as dangerous as a thornbush brandished by a drunkard.
A fool may not feel the sting of the prick of thorns on his head like a drunk person because he does not see how this information may apply to his life. Instead he will use suck knowledge, or misreading thereof, not taking it to heart, to rebel against someone anyone. When we say someone should really look at that information, maybe we should look at it ourselves and how it applies to our life.
Excuses - To keep your excuses from making you useless, stop making useless excuses.
Pro 26:18 Just as
damaging as a mad man shooting a lethal weapon
Pro 26:19 is someone who lies to a friend and then says, "I was only joking."
Covering one's tracks with humor to get them out of a tight spot after their conscience was exposed on a point. Lamo.
Pro 26:21 A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.
Run away from these people or put them in their place whichever is most appropriate.
Pro 26:23 Smooth* words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a common clay pot.
Pro 26:24 People with hate in their
hearts may sound pleasant enough, but don't believe them.
Pro 26:25 Though they pretend to be kind, their hearts are full of all kinds of evil.
People will even say they want to be your friend, but something else is going underneath their skin.
Pro 26:26 While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, it will finally come to light for all to see.
You may want to convince a person with many verses but if a person doesnít want to listen after reading only a few verses then why waste your time? Did the Messiah waste his time in such a way? Iíve said it many times before and Iíll say it many more times, people believe what they want to believe. Only the few who love true honest reason will listen to Truth.
Pro 26:28 A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattery causes ruin.
Watching people using flattery is is very ugly, leaves a bad taste in your mouth about that person. It is interesting to note that "flattery" is very closely associated with a "lying tongue". There are four kinds of tongues: controlled tongue, caring tongue, conniving tongue, and careless tongue.
Isa 51:7 "Hearken to me, you
who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear not the
reproach of men, and be not dismayed at their revilings.
Isa 51:8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool; but my deliverance will be for ever, and my salvation to all generations."
Eze 3:22 And the hand of
Jehovah was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain,
and I will there talk with thee.
Eze 3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of Jehovah stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell on my face.
Eze 3:24 Then the Spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet; and he spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thy house.
Eze 3:25 But thou, son of man, behold, they shall lay bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them:
Eze 3:26 and I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover; for they are a rebellious house.
Eze 3:27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.
Wait for the Lord to give you the words. Do not
force your words upon others even though those you speak to are a rebellious
house and they bind you in the world. Don't even go among them, but wait upon
the Lord for that moment of spiritual truth to convey to them, the exact thing
they need to hear to be impacted. Show by experience by experience first, and
your actions, then your message from God when God truly does open your mouth to
speak from a spirit of wisdom and revelation.