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Proverbs 22:28 – Respect for Boundaries

Summary

Don't steal another person's land.

Analysis

This saying refers to moving a boundary marker. Archaeologists have found such markers, which often had a curse written upon them, announcing that various evils would fall upon anyone moving the marker! See also 23:10-11. Concern for the widow, the orphan, and the poor was a mark of wisdom literature in Israel and also throughout the ancient world.

Proverbs 22:28


28 Do not remove the ancient landmark
   that your ancestors set up.

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