Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.”

What kind of word is “hubandry” anyway? Is this a Bible verse?

This quote about being neither a borrower or lender is not from the Bible, it’s from the William Shakespeare play Hamlet, Act 1, scene 3, 75–77. In the play. Polonius is giving advice to Laertes, and this is but one of the quotes of wisdom he imparts. There is actually a more famous quote within Scene 3 of Hamlet, and that is “to thine own self be true”.

“This above all: to thine ownself be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

As for the Bible, borrowing and lending is completely permissible, only that the borrower should pay back speedily, and the lender should not charge interest.

And for those wondering about the word  husbandry…

Pronunciation: /ˈhəzbəndrē/

Definition: 1. the care, cultivation, and breeding of crops and animals:crop husbandry;   2. management and conservation of resources.



Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be — 6 Comments

  1. It is not in the Bible, it is from hamlet by Shakespearehowever the Biblr does tell us the borrower becomes the lenders slave ( Proverbs 22:7). Husbandry also means the careful managementof affairs and resources. your welcome, JB

  2. I don’t know that there is anything you can do, as we should not be in the business of changes others – we pray and God does the changing. Sometimes He will change them, and sometimes He will change us. You may want to consider speaking to your pastor if this is becoming a problem in the church. And in all things, lead with love and compassion.

  3. Maybe if you started leaving your money at home,and just give in the offering with a check. Is church the only place she asks you? Or leave your money locked up in your glove compartment.And tell her you just don’t have any on you.

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  5. many times we lose our friends becouse of borrowing! money is the root of all evil!

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