When more than one book in the Bible warns against a certain action, pay attention!
“Do not desire and try to take your neighbor’s wife” (Exodus 20:17 CEB)
“If a man has sexual relations with his neighbor’s wife, both the man and the woman are guilty of adultery and must be put to death” (Leviticus 20:10 NCV)
“You must not want to take your neighbor’s wife” (Deuteronomy 5:21 NCV)
You see her every day.
She always smiles, and you exchange pleasant small talk. Your hormones drown your thoughts. Eventually, the opportunity arises–you and your neighbor boink.
Bad decision. Now, whenever you see your neighbor, your relationship has permanently changed–it’s very uncomfortable. When you meet your neighbor’s husband, you regard him differently, a mixture of fear and lack of respect.
Worst of all, you can’t get away . . . because they are your neighbors.
Barney Stinson, most adept human-relations guru of the early 21st century
“Honor the Platinum Rule: Never, ever, ever, ever ‘love’ thy neighbor.” (from his book The Bro Code [Article 83, pg. 108])