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Let your foot visit your neighbor’s house sparingly,
lest he have too much of you, and hate you. Bible

“hate.” The word “hate” in the Bible does not always have the meaning it has in English, an intense feeling of animosity, anger, and hostility towards a person, group, or object. In Hebrew and Greek, the word “hate” has a large range of meanings. Here the word “hate” is used in the sense of “being disgusted or repulsed by” to the end that you would avoid your neighbor. [For more on the large semantic range of “hate” and its use in the Bible, see commentary on Prov. 1:22, “hate”].


Commentary for: Proverbs 25:17