Proverbs 20: King James Bible
A Talebearer – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty, Verse 19
19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – A Talebearer
I would assume that it’s safe to say, that we’ve all known people like this. However, this verse isn’t just a warning, but something that we should use as a metaphorical mirror, to be able to see if it is we who are being spoken about here.
Many pieces of scripture that warn us about certain types of people, should be viewed as warnings of others, but also a heads up concerning ourselves. This is why it is imperative that we take the Word of God seriously, but also honestly.
If we can’t be honest with ourselves when we run into scriptures that are a call to attention concerning certain types of behavior, then what’s the point? For some, the point is to use the Word as ammunition against others, instead of weighing themselves against it. But as I usually must do, I digress.
In the past, we’ve talked about backbiters, gossipers, and the flimflam man, who says one thing to your face then something different to others. Here, we’ve got the talebearer to contend with.
In my view, a talebearer is slightly different than the others, because he tends to blend different characteristics from the other three I just named.
A Talebearer is a slanderer; one who tends to be a busybody and who is comfortable speaking evil of people. This is why the Word warns us about those who flatter with the lips, because their heart is far from the words that he may speak.
The Father goes through the same thing, and has for thousands of years, dealing with people. Our words can be as holy as anything can be, but our hearts can be far from him. Again, honesty is of extreme importance when dealing with our relationship with the Lord. Who do we think we’re kidding, God?
We are warned not to meddle with those who flatter with the lips. Just as soon as you give them a piece of personal information that you don’t want broadcast to anyone, bang! Next thing you know the person has squawked at the first opportunity where it was beneficial to himself, and in return has caused you a hurt.
Some people just can’t contain themselves when it comes to having a piece of information that nobody else has. A talebearer feels the need to be first to disclose something, for fear of being second.
This verse is an act of good will on behalf of the Father, to spare us from dealing with this type of person on any real or personal level. A warning to save us from unnecessary hurt feelings or reputations.
But is also a warning to those of us who are this type of person, that the Lord has nothing good to say about this type of behavior. It is neither his will, nor is it a trait that comes from him. For those of us who fall into this category, perhaps the best thing to do, is to take it to the Lord in prayer, repent, stop doing it, and seek forgiveness.
Be honest with the Lord, and be honest with yourselves.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 6: King James Bible
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Titus 3: King James Bible
3 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. 3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
James 4: King James Bible
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
1 Peter 4: King James Bible
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
Thank you for your care, and for all of your good intentions toward all of us who love you, and seek your face. Help us to avoid meddling with people that are out for our own hurt, as your will would allow. Also, if we are weighed in the balance concerning being a talebearer, and are found guilty of such behavior in your eyes, please forgive us, and cause for there to be real change of heart within us concerning this. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever been hurt by a talebearer?