Monday, January 25, 2016

Proverbs: Day 25 - No One Likes a Tattletale - [Chapter 25]

I've always heard that saying (no one likes a tattletale) but didn't really think the Bible spoke of such a thing.  I guess I thought it was a common sense type of saying.  
"What you have seen with your eyes do not bring hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?
If you take your neighbor to court, do not betray another’s confidence,
or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand."
- Proverbs 25:8-10
Thomas Barrow from Downton Abbey
No one likes a tattletale!
Solomon appears to be talking about being a busybody - someone who has no real business getting involved with someone else's affairs.  I was watching Downton Abbey last night and one of the characters in this British tv series named Barrow is just like that. He is always listening and getting others into difficulty by sharing news that he has become privy to and it gets not only them into trouble, but his life is tattered as well.  No one likes this character.  He is his own worst enemy.

Sometimes appearances can be deceiving and what we think we see many not be the case.  Solomon warns us from jumping to conclusions about what we think we see in our neighbor's business.

Solid advice for today because there are so many ways that we can find out about others and their lives.  Be cautious and do the right thing when it comes to what we think we hear about others.

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