The Wisdom of John Bunyan Versus King Solomon

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ~ John Bunyan

Although I understand the sentiment behind this quote I don’t wholly agree neither do I think it provides the best guidance or advice for life.

I prefer this proverb from King Solomon:

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to do it.  Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it—when you have it with you.”  ~ Proverbs 3: 27-28

Good is DUE to everyone and everyone is your NEIGHBOR.

This way you do good and are always charitable without even considering repayment or nonpayment.

What are your thoughts?


Sharrock, Roger. “John Bunyan.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 23 Aug. 2017, “John Bunyan, (born November 1628, Elstow, Bedfordshire,England—died August 31, 1688, London), celebrated English minister and preacher, author of The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), the book that was the most characteristic expression of the Puritan religious outlook. His other works include doctrinal and controversial writings; a spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding (1666); and the allegory The Holy War (1682).”

  • Do you agree with John Bunyan or King Solomon?

    • John Bunyan
    • King Solomon
    • Both
    • Neither


What do you think?

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  1. I agree with both of them but you have to be careful to make certain that you are actually helping them. If you give money to someone who asks for it, they might spend it on alcohol or drugs. It’s usually pretty easy to spot these people.


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