A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 39

It’s Thursday or Thor’s day (again learning something new) and I’m here at work taking a break from a negative supervisor. I’m trying to figure out how to make the impossible possible but have hit a brick wall which brings me here.

Pocket Version:
I have never found a man so wealthy,
or so hospitable that he refused a gift; or of
his property so abundant that he scorned a
repayment.

Chisholm:
I never found a generous man
who was so free with his food,
that he would turn it down, or so generous
as to loath a gift were it given.

Ok, there is apparently a LOT going on with this verse. At first reading of the stanza, it is more or less speaking of human nature. Why would we turn down a gift? It doesn’t matter what we have or how much we have of something a gift always seems to translate into thought and caring. After reading some on TOOHG, they talk about something I hadn’t thought about, gift debt. I know ‘debt’ has a negative tendency but it’s not always about material objects or money it could also be about friendship, time, loyalty and such. I personally appreciate loyalty and friendship but small objects are fun as well. Look how excited I got when my husband gifted me legos.

Society has taught us to be humble and to give gifts without expectations but this teaches that it wasn’t always so. Expectations are warranted in some form or another for gift giving. I know that sounds petty and materialistic but you can’t put a price on friendship or advice.

Happy Thor’s Day
‘Thursday means Thor’s day in Old English. Thor is represented riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer.’

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