Proverbs 25:17

17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house— too much of you, and they will hate you.

Read Proverbs 25:17 Using Other Translations

Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome.

What does Proverbs 25:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 25:17

Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house
Not but that it is commendable to be neighbourly and friendly, or for one neighbour to visit another; but then it should not be very frequent; a man should not be always or often at his neighbour's house. So the words may be rendered, "make thy foot precious" or "rare at thy neighbour's house" F13; be seldom there; lest he be weary of thee, and [so] hate thee;
or, "lest he be sated with thee" F14; filled with thy company to a loathing of it, as the stomach with eating too much honey, and so his friendship be turned into hatred.


F13 (rqx) "rarum fac", Montanus, Vatablus, Gejerus, Michaelis, Cocceius; Heb. "praetiosum fac", Piscator.
F14 (Kebvy Np) "ne forte satictur tui", Schultens; so Montanus; "saturatus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
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