charity begins at home


charity begins at home

Meaning | Synonyms

  • the family comes first, and one should help their family before helping others
  • a person’s first duty is for the needs of their own family and friends
  • one has to make adequate provision for their family before one make provision for needy strangers
  • one should take care of their family first before caring for others
  • also, to say kids learn charity in the home

This proverb has always been inspiring for those who want to donate or help the country, the community, friends, neighbours, relatives and other needy people.

Example Sentences

  1. She spends the little money that she earns on social work and neglects her own family, forgetting that charity begins at home.
  2. She believes that charity begins at home. Therefore, she extensively supports her community.
  3. Remember, charity begins at home, so before donating others help your needy neighbour.
  4. Charity begins at home for my grandpa. He helps needy people when he comes across.
  5. Charity begins at home and extends to the adjacent neighbourhood and communities.
  6. Charity begins at home but should not end there. — Francis Bacon


According to newly made researches and contrary to the earlier concept, the proverb “charity begins at home,” did not originally come from the Bible. And the phrase has been used in various forms in the English language since ancient times.

It was Sir Thomas Browne who has first used the expression (in the present form, as we use it today) in Religio Medici published in 1642:

Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world: yet is every man his greatest enemy.

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The closest Bible story to this idom is when Jesus says, ” for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife.”
And also when Jesus directs the young disciple to go home first after his deliverance. ( My thoughts)

‒ Mercury Lewis April 18, 2022

The “charity begins at home” mantra is usually regurgitated by closet racists who like to create the false impression that their mean-spiritedness is not directed at other nations but is full of good intent towards the vulnerable in their own country.

‒ David Cousins August 9, 2021

We should help our parents at home like a example helping my mother in doing the dishes. We should never neglect our parents because they are the first person to help us in our life by correcting our mistakes and letting us lead our life easily so we should help them in any way we could .

‒ Somdutta Roy September 16, 2020

There is a some stories related to this proverb like the helpful. Reema,. Kind Raju, swara friend, our neighbors

‒ Anonymous September 4, 2019

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