‘(…) sometimes the Proverbs of the Bible contradict each other:
Pro 26:4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him. Pro 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
How can both be true? The atheists mock Christians with these “contradictions”, and there are several contradictions in Proverbs. The truth is that the statements should be read as proverbs, not overriding rules. To make it clear, the book of Proverbs is literally a book of proverbs. (…)’
Source: Chris Fisher, “misquoted verses – the eyes of the Lord” (realityisnotoptional).