Witness or Talebearer?
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Witness or Talebearer?
December 7, 2019
[We are responsible for our own actions, including what comes out of our mouths. From a tiny child we are taught not to be a tattle tale, yet are there times when we are required to speak? Note that it is a tale and not a tail. A tale is a weight, and guilt is a weight so if you tale you bear the guilt of any harm that follows.]
(Lev 5:1 KJV) And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity.
[All the commentaries agree the circumstances spoken of are as follows: A call for witnesses to a certain thing has been made. If you know anything, either because you are a eye witness, or you have overheard a thing relevant to the case you are to volunteer your evidence. If you do not step forward you are committing a sin, voluntarily. So you volunteer one way or the other. Do you please self [man] or do you please Yahweh?]
(Lev 19:16 KJV) Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am YAHWEH.
[This brings to mind the men who used to travel about with a wagon outfitted with all kinds of sewing, cooking, household items and tools. They also might sharpen knifes and repair pots and pans. But their greatest 'gift' was spreading the news of the communities they traveled between. This is also true today of the internet social media, and it has far greater impact on the people being discussed. The old saying about bad smelling things is: the more you stir it the more it stinks. Nothing has changed. The more we spread the 'news', even if true, the worse it gets for those talked about. To stand against a neighbors blood was to refuse your testimony when it would save life, or to testify falsely and cause his blood to be shed. In either case we cause harm and are therefore guilty of harming.]
(Pro 11:12-13 KJV) He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
[When we tell what has been revealed to us in private we become a person who despises that person. We should not have to be told it is a private matter not to be revealed, it was spoken in private therefore it is private unless a request is made for publicity. Many times when prayer is requested the matter to be prayed for is not revealed, nor is it necessary for Yahweh already knows our hearts. It is the sharing that is important. To know another is willing to spend time before Yahweh to lighten your burden is a gift of the body.
Often times a particular sin is spoken against and a persons name attached to it, never thinking that that person will one day join us and find out how we treated their confidence. We do a disservice to our families, and I have been guilty of this, by laying their sins before others when asking for prayer, it is not necessary and as I said can cause harm when the person finds out. It will also influence how they [the person we are asked to pray for] are received/perceived.]
(Pro 18:6-8KJV) A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. 18:7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
[From the mouth of a person comes words that will determine how we accept that person. Little speaking is to be desired, for the less we say the less we reveal how little we really know.
When those words cause strife, or keep it alive, they cause the emotional wounds to fester and become destructive. Our words are formed by our breath, and just as wind fans flames so our words can fan the flames of dissent.]
(Pro 20:19 KJV) He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
Flattereth H6601A primitive root; to open, that is, be (causatively make) roomy; usually figuratively (in a mental or moral sense) to be (causatively make) simple or (in a sinister way) delude: - allure, deceive, enlarge, entice, flatter, persuade, silly (one).
Total KJV occurrences: 28
[Now we are adding flattery to tale bearing. Words like, 'I know you know how to keep a secret, or your so smart you can figure out what is really going on, etc. All said to make you a partner in crime. What we all need to realize is that our secrets are no safer with this person than anyone's secrets are.]
(Pro 26:20-25 KJV) Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. 26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 26:23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. 26:24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 26:25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
[If no one is talking feelings will die down and the anger will dissipate. There are those who are always angry about something and they feel the need to stir up others. Before you let them light that fire in you be sure it is worthy of the time and assets spent on it. Where will you take the time required from, from you study of scriptures? Even if the cause is worthy it should not be brought forth in anger, but with wonder that we have been counted worthy to finally under stand. Those that speak hateful words are indeed spreading its dis-ease, for hate always causes strife and strife causes people to be edgy and easily drawn into conflict. Often times the one who started the fire will withdraw themselves from any possible harm and hide behind those they have inflamed. They are not to be trusted, isn't that what verse 25 says? ]
(1Ti 5:13-15 KJV) And withal they [young widows] learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 5:15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.
[In today's world it is not only young widows, but the men have joined them. We now have retirement villages where the elderly can move and their kin cannot come to live by rule of the communities. Thus forgoing any chance the grandparents might take the children for a couple of weeks in the summer to give the parents a chance to work on their relationship. This effectively puts an end to the old fashioned Sunday dinners to keep the family in tact, for the home is not large enough. It is not just the frittering away of the assets gathered in a life time, but the time that could be used to make life better for those less fortunate. We are given that we might share in His name. That sharing of words should be scriptures, not gossip!]
(Rev 22:14-17 KJV) Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 22:16 I Yahshua have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
[The above scriptures bear both promises and warnings. Talebearers are not mentioned by name, but what scriptures tell us about them places them with liars for they often shade the truth so it is no longer the whole truth. It is hard not to add our own feeling to a thing when repeating it, so it is best not to speak. We are to be repeaters of scriptures not conversations or actions of others. Grandma used to say that if we would keep our own doorstep clean we would not have time to look and see if the neighbors needed theirs cleaned.]
(Joh 13:34-35 KJV) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.
[Gossip is not loving it is tale bearing. It is hard for us to know, or so it seems, what is gossip and what is news to be shared. It would seem we could stop and think to ask the one involved if they wanted it shared. If they are not available to ask then do not share! After all it is not yours - so you have no right give it away! If someone is passing on a prayer request they generally give a persons name as well as the nature of the problem. Perhaps we could pray for the problem to be resolved without mentioning names?
Father we bring before you the problem of one of your children that has asked for relief from …..... We also request help for all of your children who are going through this same affliction.
This might be best when the problem is moral rather than illness or finances.
We were all taught the ditty; “sticks and stones will break my bones but words cannot hurt me.” But we all know that is not true, words can damage a person worse than physical assault, since the physical will heal and may leave a scar but it does not effect our decision making process. None of us has lived the perfect life, nor had the perfect parents, etc. But we have all been given life and the opportunity to get it right through the shed blood of Yahshua. His sacrifice did not cost us, but it was freely given and is still freely offered to cover ALL PAST SINS, when they are repented of. To repent means to turn from sin and to turn toward Yahweh's requirements which lead to righteousness. His requirements are found in the first five books of scriptures and Yahshua walked and taught them.]