“7He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself. 8Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you.9Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.…”(PROVERBS 9:7-9)
“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. (Proverbs 26:4)
Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.” (26:5)
The beauty of the PROVERBS is they don’t need much explanation. And I rarely hear folks disagree over the truth of their profound simplicity.