Have you cursed your children with covetous practices?
What is this warning of the Apostle Peter really all about?
Every child born in the United States is born in debt. Every citizen of this country or any other country that is in debt is a "surety" for the debt of those countries and every country is in debt. This debt is because people desire to take their rest or enjoy the benefits of their labor or their neighbor's labor before the work is done.
In truth that is the real violation of the precept of the Sabbath which was a way more than a day. Debt is usually the bondage that results from contracts but in the case of government the debt is usually due to the covetous practices of the people and the offer of gifts, gratuities and benefits by men who call themselves Benefactors.
- Exodus 20:17 "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour’s."
- Deuteronomy 5:21 "Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any [thing] that [is] thy neighbour’s."
- Romans 13:9 "For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
All the prophets and the apostle consistently warned us of these systems that tempt the wantonness of the people with the wages of unrighteousness. How they weaken society with their dainties and deceitful meat. The warning consent not has been ignored for decades and the people run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
"The masses continue with an appetite for benefits and the habit of receiving them by way of a rule of force and violence. The people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others... institute the rule of violence;  and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch."  
Polybius saw the downfall of the republic by way of their free bread and welfare a 150 years before the first Emperor of Rome and 175 years before the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ who opposed these same systems of free bread at your neighbor's expense.
The authoritarian State uses force and violence to become the Benefactors of the people. They force one class of citizen to provide for another through "legal charity" which is not true charity. The writings of the Apostles warned along with countless passages of ancient writings of the prophets including Proverbs 23 advised what Christ forbid the covetous practices of socialist forms of government.
The Curse and the Contract
Why are we subject to the ordinances of men?
Why are we under tribute?
Mankind has consistently gone into bondage and under the authority of other men who make laws, compelling offerings, regulate the lives of the people. They become subject by application to obtain benefits at the expense of their neighbor, and their neighbor's children who will have to pay it off.
This is why Exodus 20:17 tells us clearly:
- "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour’s."
Desiring benefits at the expense of others is the "wages of unrighteousness". It is the essence of wantonness and the damnation of society. Not only the Bible warns against it over and over, but historians like Polybius and Plutarch.
Many people today want to cancel or say they will cancel student debt. What they are actually doing is transferring the debt incurred by people who were provided a service to a people who received no such benefits.
It is one group taking a bite out of another.
- “And to you who are troubled [contracted] rest [tolerable captivity] with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,” (2 Thessalonian 1:7)
"According to all the works which they have done since the day that God brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day the people have returned to bondage." The people in the camp of the golden calf (at the foot of Mt. Sinai) were going back into bondage. In Egypt, all gold was in the treasury and they were bound under a central authority of that government. The people were no longer free but bound and their loyalty is secured.
- “He who contracts, knows, or ought to know, the quality of the person with whom he contracts, otherwise he is not excusable.”
It is that power of contract that has allowed men to return to bondage and ignorance can be no excuse for those who chose to receive benefits at the expense of their neighbor.
- “No State shall… impairing the obligation of contracts”
- “From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”
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- 2 Kings 2:24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.
- Nehemiah 13:2 Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.
- Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
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- Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse <2671>: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
- Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse <2671> of the law, being made a curse <2671> for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
- Hebrews 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing <2671>; whose end is to be burned.
- James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing <2671>. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
- 2 Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed <2671> children:
- 1 Samuel 26:19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the LORD have stirred thee up against me, let him accept an offering: but if they be the children of men, cursed be they before the LORD; for they have driven me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other gods.
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- Psalms 141:4 Incline not my heart to [any] evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
- Proverbs 23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitful meat.
- Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: 16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 18 And they lay wait for their [own] blood; they lurk privily for their [own] lives. 19 So [are] the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; [which] taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
- Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
- Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
- "But when a new generation arises and the democracy falls into the hands of the grandchildren of its founders, they have become so accustomed to freedom and equality that they no longer value them, and begin to aim at pre-eminence; and it is chiefly those of ample fortune who fall into this error. 6 So when they begin to lust for power and cannot attain it through themselves or their own good qualities, they ruin their estates, tempting and corrupting the people in every possible way. 7 And hence when by their foolish thirst for reputation they have created among the masses an appetite for gifts and the habit of receiving them, democracy in its turn is abolished and changes into a rule of force and violence. 8 For the people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others, as soon as they find a leader who is enterprising but is excluded from the houses of office by his penury, institute the rule of violence; 9 and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch." Polybius: The Histories (composed at Rome around 130 BC)Fragments of Book VI, p289 See also Loeb Classical Library edition, 1922 thru 1927
- An alternate translation in context, "9. For no sooner had the knowledge of the jealousy and hatred existing in the citizens against them which is replaced by democracy, emboldened some one to oppose the government by word or deed, than he was sure to find the whole people ready and prepared to take his side. Having then got rid of these rulers by assassination or exile, they do not venture to set up a king again, being still in terror of the injustice to which this led before; nor dare they intrust the common interests again to more than one, considering the recent example of their misconduct: and therefore, as the only sound hope left them is that which depends upon themselves, they are driven to take refuge in that; and so changed the constitution from an oligarchy to a democracy, and took upon themselves the superintendence and charge of the state. And as long as any survive who have had experience of oligarchical supremacy and domination, they regard their present constitution as a blessing, and hold equality and freedom as of the utmost value. But as soon as a new generation has arisen, and the democracy has descended to their children’s children, long association weakens their value for equality and freedom, and some seek to become more powerful than the ordinary citizens; and the most liable to this temptation are the rich. (which degenerates into rule of corruption and violence, only to be stopped by a return to despotism.) So when they begin to be fond of office, and find themselves unable to obtain it by their own unassisted efforts and their own merits, they ruin their estates, while enticing and corrupting the common people in every possible way. By which means when, in their senseless mania for reputation, they have made the populace ready and greedy to receive bribes, the virtue of democracy is destroyed, and it is transformed into a government of violence and the strong hand. For the mob, habituated to feed at the expense of others, and to have its hopes of a livelihood in the property of its neighbours, as soon as it has got a leader sufficiently ambitious and daring, being excluded by poverty from the sweets of civil honours, produces a reign of mere violence. Then come tumultuous assemblies, massacres, banishments, redivisions of land; until, after losing all trace of civilisation, it has once more found a master and a despot." Translator: Evelyn Shirley Shuckburgh, Release Date: November 8, 2013 [EBook #44126]
- thlibo 1) to press (as grapes), press hard upon; a compressed way, i.e. narrow straitened, contracted; metaphorically, to trouble, afflict, distress.
- anesis 1) a loosening, relaxing; spoken of a more tolerable condition in. captivity, to be held in less vigorous confinement...
- 1 Samuel 8:8 “... brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods....”
- Qui cum alio contrahit, vel est, vel debet esse non ignarus conditio ejus.Dig. 50, 17, 19; 2 Hagg. Consist. Rep. 61.
- Sec 10, Art I, The Constitution of the United States.
- “The Fall of the Athenian Republic,” Alexander Tyler, Edinburgh Scotland.
"I say, the earth belongs to each of these generations during its course, fully and in its own right. The second generation receives it clear of the debts and incumbrances of the first, the third of the second, and so on. For if the first could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generation. Then, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence." Jefferson's letter to James Madison (6 September 1789) ME 7:455, Papers 15:393