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Proverbs 17:12 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

12 Better for a person to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool in his foolishness.

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Proverbs 17:12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

12 Better to meet a she-bear robbed of its cubs
    than to confront a fool immersed in folly.

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Proverbs 23:9 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Don’t speak to[a] a fool,
for he will despise the insight of your words.

Footnotes:

  1. 23:9 Lit in the ears of
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Proverbs 23:9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
    who will only despise the wisdom of your words.

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Proverbs 26:4-11 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishness
or you’ll be like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his foolishness
or he’ll become wise in his own eyes.
The one who sends a message by a fool’s hand
cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
A proverb in the mouth of a fool
is like lame legs that hang limp.
Giving honor to a fool
is like binding a stone in a sling.
A proverb in the mouth of a fool
is like a stick with thorns,
brandished by[a] the hand of a drunkard.
10 The one who hires a fool or who hires those passing by
is like an archer who wounds everyone.
11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
so also a fool repeats his foolishness.

Footnotes:

  1. 26:9 Lit thorn that goes up into
Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Proverbs 26:4-11 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Do not answer fools according to their folly,
    or you will be a fool yourself.
Answer fools according to their folly,
    or they will be wise in their own eyes.
It is like cutting off one’s foot and drinking down violence,
    to send a message by a fool.
The legs of a disabled person hang limp;
    so does a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
It is like binding a stone in a sling
    to give honor to a fool.
Like a thornbush brandished by the hand of a drunkard
    is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
10 Like an archer who wounds everybody
    is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.[a]
11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit
    is a fool who reverts to his folly.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 26:10 Meaning of Heb uncertain
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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Proverbs 27:22 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

22 Though you grind a fool
in a mortar with a pestle along with grain,
you will not separate his foolishness from him.

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Proverbs 27:22 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

22 Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle
    along with crushed grain,
    but the folly will not be driven out.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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Proverbs 29:9 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

If a wise person goes to court with a fool,
there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. 29:9 Lit rest
Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Proverbs 29:9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

If the wise go to law with fools,
    there is ranting and ridicule without relief.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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