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Talebearing - by Michael Phillips
Proverbs - Part 23 of 26
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Proverbs 26:20
Jul 06, 1988 am - is translated from the Hebrew word, RAKEL, which literally means to sell, market, or merchandise. It brings to mind the travelling salesman, going hither and yon peddling his wares. Such a word well describes the nature of talebearing. It therefore includes three acts: Extracting confidential or derrogatory information. "An ungodly man digs up evil and it is on his lips like a burning fire" (16:27). Displaying it to his best advantage. This may be done in various ways: you may make innocent matters questionable, e.g., "I went to Mr. Smith's home last night, and I saw a bottle of wine in his refrigerator, hmmmmmm." or questionable matters bad, e.g., On the Day of Pentecost, when the Apostles spoke in various tongues, "Some mocked, saying, `These men are full or new wine'". Or making bad things worse. I know a woman who is, admittedly, the worst gossip I have ever known. But one man was so disgusted with her behavior that he came right out and said, "She is a witch". Selling it to his own profit. To the carnal mind, gossip is gratifying. By tearing down another, you are implicitly building up yourself. By learning revealing secret things, you become very popular to a certain class. ... More >>>

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