Given that said government is now spending almost a quarter of our annual income, it behooves us to keep an eye on it.
I will still say that it behooves us not to forget that Morsi was no democrat.
Thou wilt say "impossible:" this is the very thing I have been urging, it behooves friends to help their friends in misfortunes.
It behooves me all the more to see to it that I am not duped in the end.
As it behooves every lady, though no queen, I am not to wait for him to come to me, but I am to go to him!
It behooves us, gentlemen, to think first of the cities of our King.
And here it behooves us to exercise still greater caution, a still greater distrust, than we entertain for his statements of fact.
It behooves us then to acquaint ourselves with these new aspects of the human soul.
And yet it behooves me to go; my liege lord hath sent for me by letter, and conjured me by my oath, and so hath my wife likewise.
It behooves, at any rate, a man to be true to his country from first to last.
c.1200, "use, benefit, advantage;" Old English had bihoflic "useful," implying *bihof "advantage, utility;" from Proto-Germanic *bi-hof "that which binds, requirement, obligation" (cf. Old Frisian bihof "advantage," Dutch behoef, Middle High German bihuof "useful thing," German Behuf "benefit, use, advantage"). In the common Germanic compound, the first element, likely intensive, is cognate with be- and the second with Old English hof, past tense of hebban "to raise" (see heave (v.)). The original sense is perhaps, then, "taking up (for oneself)."
Old English behofian "to have need of, have use for," verbal form of the ancient compound word represented by behoof.
Historically, it rimes with move, prove, but being now mainly a literary word, it is generally made to rime with rove, grove, by those who know it only in books. [OED]