Don't answer a fool according to his foolishness,
or you'll be like him yourself.
but in the very next verse we read:
Answer a fool according to his foolishness,So are we supposed to answer a fool according to his foolishness, or not?
or he'll become wise in his own eyes.
Joel 3:10 says:
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears.But Micah 4:3 says:
They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.Which is it? Plowshares into swords, or swords into plowshares?
In Mark 9:40, Jesus says:
....whoever is not against us is for us.But in Luke 11:23 He says:
...He who is not with me is against me....Is Jesus inclusive or exclusive?
The point being, just because the black-and-white of the text says something explicitly doesn't mean that's what the text is explicitly saying. Context matters.