Mind your own business!

Listen to the Word!

Listen to the Word!

A word from the Word: Don’t Meddle in other people’s business, mind your own business.

“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a (meddler) busybody in other men’s matters. (1 Peter 4:15 NKJV)

But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. (1 Peter 4:15 ESV)

Peter puts murderers, thieves, evil doers, and meddlers all into the same category. This sin reaches into various areas of our Christian lives and has a great impact upon our relationships both with God and with other people. That is why it so destructive.

The Greek word translated “busybody” or “meddler” is allotriepiskopos, a compound word found in the Bible only in this one instance.

Allotriepiskopos literally means “not one’s own overseer.” It means, “one who oversees others’ matters or affairs.” This word contains episkopos, which is the Greek word for “overseer,” sometimes translated as “shepherd” or “bishop.” This allotriepiskopos is be a good thing—in the case of someone like the steward of an estate assigned as caretaker of another’s matters, or an executor of a will. In this only occurrence and in the biblical Greek, it is a very negative term. It describes a person who takes it upon himself to interfere in another person’s matter.

“Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.” Proverbs 26:17  ESV

Pastor Edd Cathey