An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Meddle Class Morality

(Proverbs 26:17 KJV)  He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

There are two key verbs in this verse.  It is the combination that shows us to be a sluggard.  The first is “passes by” (5674a) and the second is “meddles” (5674b).  Notice the two numbers associated with them.  As far as I can tell they are the same word but they had different meanings to the Hebrews.  It would be similar to us asking “Can you can the fruit before it goes bad?”  The word “can” is the same but has different meanings.  In the Hebrew they seem to be written the same and sound the same but come from different roots.

We can’t help passing by “strife” (7379).  It happens all around us.  The advice here is to pass on by.  We get into trouble when we meddle.  This word is defined as “to be arrogant, become angry.”  Meddling means getting involved emotionally.  In this case it means getting involved emotionally in things that really are none of your business.  It means thinking that you have the answers when you don’t even know the questions.

I thought the key here was staying away from conflict that doesn’t belong to you, but the “belonging” is not in the Greek.  It is much more general than that.

So?  Don’t meddle.  Don’t think that you can solve all problems.  If asked answer but don’t allow yourself to get pulled into taking sides and becoming the focus of the problem.


buddeshepherd said...

Mind your own business is a good maxim. It can be applied personally or internationally.
In my humble opinion.
Sometimes it is hard to do.

Pumice said...

Amen to that.

Grace and peace.