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Quid Pro ... No! Proverbs 22:1-2,8-9,22-23

Quid Pro ... No!

If we act to please God, we, and those around us, flourish because of it.

At a Glance

Today's material begins with a Latin lesson. Don't worry. We teach the lesson by referring to a cartoon, and move on from there to the book of Proverbs. There, we find some ideas that, at first glance, seem to be advocating a social system based on quid pro quo. But is it really?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "FriendShifts," September 10, 2000, at

There's a cartoon that shows a man and woman at a table in a seafood restaurant, both with a plate of food in front of them. The man is saying to the woman, "I'll give you a bite of my calamari for one of your stuffed shrimp." And the caption below says "Squid pro quo."

Okay, it's funny, but not ha-ha funny. Still, it's funnier than trying to explain the meaning of quid pro quo -- a Latin phrase meaning "something for something." You probably already knew that. And, even if you didn't know it, you understand the concept: You do this for...

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