4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 26:4-5

Commentary on Proverbs 26:4-5

(Read Proverbs 26:4-5)

We are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate.