My brother’s keeper

Dear Editor:

When you hear these three Biblical sounding words make certain you have a firm hold on your wallet because a liberal politician is trying to justify an increase in some kind of welfare. These words are assumed to be in the Bible, and they are, but only once and not quite in the context they are being used:

Genesis 4:8 & 9: “Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Just a wild guess on my part, but it seems likely Abel, given a choice, would have preferred not to have had his brother’s keeping.

David Greer

Cambridge

 
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