Internet trolls and Proverbs


While studying Proverbs, I ran across a whole bunch that seem to pertain to internet trolls. You know, that random jerk on the internet who argues with you, saying nonsense crap that is nonetheless mean and gets you to respond with something logical. To which he responds with more garbage, etc. etc. That’s a troll. Here’s some advice on how to deal with them.

A [troll]s wrath is quickly and openly known, but a prudent man ignores an insult.


A prudent man is reluctant to display his knowledge, but the heart of [self-confident] [trolls] proclaim their folly.

He who belittles and despises his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding keeps silent.

He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy and faithful in spirit keeps the matter hidden.

As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman who is without discretion.

Satisfied desire is sweet to a person; therefore it is hateful and exceedingly offensive to [self-confident] trolls to give up evil [upon which they have set their hearts].


He who walks [as a companion] with wise men is wise, but he who associates with [self-confident] trolls is [a troll himself and] shall smart for it.

A a troll seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands.

Go from the presence of a foolish and self-confident man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.

A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil, but the troll bears himself insolently and is [presumptuously] confident.

He who foams up quickly and flies into a passion deals foolishly, and a man of wicked plots and plans is hated.

The mind of the [uncompromisingly] righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.


Everyone proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful, and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured [I pledge it] they will not go unpunished.

A worthless man devises and digs up mischief, and in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

An evildoer gives heed to wicked lips; and a liar listens to a mischievous tongue.

An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a stern and pitiless messenger shall be sent against him.

He who has a wayward and crooked mind finds no good, and he who has a willful and contrary tongue will fall into calamity.


5 thoughts on “Internet trolls and Proverbs

    1. Yes. That’s the “trollface” thing, so now you know what a troll looks like. They’re pretty ugly. The act that way, too.


  1. Too much time on their hands instead of building the economy >=D

    Proverbs is quite yum.

    I’m puzzled on this passage though:

    Proverbs 26:4-5

    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.


    1. Baz, it’s two different situations. There are times to answer a fool, and times to be silent. Mostly be silent, though. Lots of verses about how much fools despise wisdom.


  2. Ah, situational. I thought so. I guess it just really depends on if the person has an opening for wisdom or not. I guess we can discern by this question “I can answer this fool, but to what end?” The comics say it all.


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