Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

7 The rich rule over the poor,

   and the borrower is slave to the lender.


 The rich rule over the poor. This is a part of life, like it or not, and neither ideology nor revolution have thus far been able to abolish it. The rich are to be neither hardhearted nor tightfisted, timely with wages and unwilling to take advantage. This is not only a matter of obligation, but also of wisdom. Likewise the poor do not help themselves with envy or hatred, but rather with dignity and honest work.

 “And the borrower is slave to the lender.” While the poor are often born into poverty, it is by choice that the borrower takes a loan. In doing so he sells a part of his future, and though slave is a strong word it is the nature of debt. It is foolish to take this lightly, as the burden is often not worth the cost.

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