Scripture reading – Proverbs 25; Proverbs 26

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This is the second of two Bible studies for today. The first devotion was taken from Proverbs 25:6-7. This second one is from Proverbs 26 and will consider one verse, Proverbs 26:17.


Proverbs 26

Karen or Terry are 21st-century monikers for what past generations labeled busybodies, meddlers, and blabbermouths. They tended to be persons who meddled in the affairs of others and escalated a minor issue into an all-out verbal and sometimes physical conflict. Solomon had some sage advice for people tempted to involve themselves in other’s lives.

Proverbs 26:17 “He that passeth by, and meddleth [provokes] with strife [controversy; dispute] belonging not to him, is like one that taketh [seizes] a dog by the ears.”

Many of us are more adept at advising than accepting wise counsel and managing our lives and concerns!  Sanctimonious, self-righteous people are much more proficient at creating problems than solving them.  They are what Paul described as “busybodies” in 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12. Such individuals were slackers in dealing with their issues but experts in causing church discord and undermining congregational leaders’ spiritual authority (2 Thessalonians 3:14-15).

The same sin was present in the church at Ephesus amid the “Karens” of Paul’s generation. The apostle described them as idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not” (1 Timothy 5:13).


Closing thoughts –


Don’t be a Karen and fall into a self-righteous, proud rut. Promoting yourself as an uninvited, unsolicited judge of other people’s problems and conflicts is foolish. It is essentially as unwise as a man who grabs a fierce dog by its ears. Like the bite of an angry dog, a busybody will inevitably be hurt.

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