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February 2018

Text:

“Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.” - Proverbs 25:17

Comment:

One factor that affects the cordial relationship between  neighbours is when one leans too much on the other for financial support.  It is true that some people prefer to be idle, refusing to labour or to procure the things they need, as much as possible.  Some people even take to crime and drugs to foster their indolence. They are always in and out of their neighbour's house demanding for one thing or the other, some of which may never be returned unless the owner goes to ask for them or may even be damaged by the time they are returned. Some borrow from one person and lend to another, forgetting that the item is not their own.  Frequent knocking at a neighbour's door for one form of assistance or the other will wear out the most cheerful giver. We should strive to be self-supporting economically.  The Book of Proverbs admonishes us  thus, “Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.” (Proverbs 25:17)

In 2 Thessalonians 3:10 St. Paul laid out the rule “that if any would not work, neither should he eat”.  Anyone who is able to work for a living but refuses to do so should not be sustained at public expense, for this hampers good neighbourliness. 

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