Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 20 P. 290 – A Talebearer

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.



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4 thoughts on “Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 20 P. 290 – A Talebearer”

  1. Thanks Brian…well, this issue of being a talebearer is right on the head, in this country where I live. These females go from house to house, gossiping endlessly. We have an 8 ft high cement wall, topped with concertina wire, to reinforce the message that speaks loudly, in any language i.e. “You are not welcomed here, you are not wanted here, just keep moving.” Mercy does not allow any of this frivolous nonsense to penetrate our property; keep that nonsense at bay! It may sound a bit tough, but we want to maintain our peace of mind. To get involved with these gossipers would be a form of suicide…I’m sure that you understand. Thanks, and stay strong Brother.

    • Hi there George,
      Well, if it takes a concrete wall to keep the gossip out, then “Build That Wall!” Haha. I look at it as poison. How much poison in your system is alright with you? How much hell in your life are you okay with? Why don’t we as believers see how things like gossip poison the soul? Well, it seems that you take it very seriously, and understand the damage caused.

      It is such an easy thing to give ear to something juicy about someone. The flesh craves just about anything that the Lord doesn’t want us to do. Funny how that works. What’s also telling, is that the more you try to stay on the right path that the Lord has placed you on, the more things similar to gossip and the like come at you, seeking some sort of approval or participation, or an entrance into your life.

      We’re at war Brother, that’s for certain. May the Father give us the strength to abstain from inviting trouble into our own lives! Thank you for your comment, and may the Father bless you mightily in Jesus precious name!

  2. Hi Brian,
    I am so convicted by today’s scriptures, having confessed an unnescessary comment yesterday about a deceased person who can’t defend themselves anymore. We had made amends along time before they passed away. Also I know that I am forgiven, because I did repent sincerely. But my heart is heavy. I belive God abides in me & me in Him, but if evil is in my heart, how can this be. I know memories are there in our minds forever. Others seem to be healed. Why not this one? Some would say I haven’t forgiven completely, but I think I have. I understand why this person did what they did.
    Jesus said, “you who are evil know how to give good things to your children; & John said if we say we are not sinners, we are liars”. If I am evil & a sinner, (which I know I am) how does God bear to abide with me?
    Just writing this out I think I know the answer. I’m cleansed in the blood of Jesus & clothed in His rightouseness.
    It’s curious that awhile ago I asked God to humble me. He answered my prayer as this past 24 hours has been just that before our Lord. Thank you for any other insight you might have for me. If you think I need to forgive in a deeper way, say so. God bless, sincerely Janet Goodwin

    • Hi there Janet,
      To be honest, I can’t tell you whether or not you need to forgive “more.” If it were me, I would just take it to the Father, and explain it to him similarly as you did above, and work with him on it. You don’t want to continue with that shred of bitterness, let him know that, and ask him to open your eyes to what you either need to pray, or perhaps do in order to remove that root, and ask him to fill you with whatever else he would will to fill you with. Ask him for a tangible piece of evidence that the problem is gone.

      As far as the Lord dwelling within us yet we still have evil things going on…
      Don’t forget, we are spirit, clothed in a soul and housed in a body.

      Your body can be sound, yet your cloths might get torn or dirty. Your body and cloths might be in good shape, yet your house might need repair. I’m not sure if this analogy is at all helpful, but it may clarify how the dual existence can happen. Your spirit is born again, and dwelling with your spirit is the Holy Ghost. That’s one plane…
      One layer up you’ve got your soul. All kinds of warring goes on here, and I believe that when someone gets possessed by a wicked spirit, this is where it happens. This is a different plane than where the Lord’s Spirit literally resides within us.

      This is just how I’ve come to understand things over the years. Hopefully it helps to at least try to visualize how so many things can be going on within any one person. How the spirit wars against the flesh, and vice versa. Paul goes deep into detail as it relates to this particular personal war in Romans 7.

      This is why it is so important that we feed our spirit often with the Word of God, strengthening our spirit, and with the help of the Holy Ghost, able to overtake the flesh.

      Looks like I just went ranting. I hope some of this helps a little. God bless you in Jesus name, and thank you for your comment!


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