"Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes." - Proverbs 26:4-5 NASB Have you ever heard the phrase "Tit-for-Tat"? It's when we inflict injury or insult in response to another who has inflicted it upon us. It's different from the justice of an eye for an eye because this is rooted in revenge and/or getting even. In today's passage, the writer specifically warns against this kind of behavior. In verse four he says that we should never answer a fool in kind. Meaning that if a fool does something foolish (as they often do) our reaction cannot be foolishness in return. Otherwise, nothing changes and we simply reveal ourselves to be fools too. So instead of a tit-for-tat approach, an in-kind approach, we are instructed to respond as folly deserves. It's important to realize we don't respond with equal foolishness as it just makes us look bad. Instead, we are to respond with appropriate action. This could mean many things. Sometimes it might just be calling out the foolishness of a person. Other times we may need to take greater measures depending on the level of the offense. But all instances should be responded to with grace and justice, and never with belligerence or equal foolishness. The intent of this right correction is to produce humility and repentance. You see, when we respond to foolishness with equal foolishness both parties are proud fools. But if we respond to foolishness with appropriate action the result will be that the one who is in error sees that error and is humbled. Questions to Consider: How do we define foolish behavior? Have you ever responded to foolishness with equal foolishness? How'd that work out? What are some ways we might answer foolishness with grace and justice?