Now, it is fairly certain that in our day, where multiple marriage is illegal in most US states, the conflict is a bit less pronounced. But there are any number of ways, even in a relationship where there is but one wife, for offense to multiply itself. When we think of extended family, even friends that are close to us, and perhaps we might include here the friends and family that is a part of our church circle; Solomon is telling us of both the undesirable nature of these offenses, as well as the great difficulty of mending those damaged “fences”.
- brothers (in a single sense) or brethren (referring to the plural group as a single entity),
- to the brother as one of the same parents,
- one with some degree or manner of kinship, like the same tribe for instance, or some other kinship group.
- And even a brother in resemblance or some pronounced likeness.