The Snake & Tainted Tongues: Busybodies

“And withal they 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” (1 Timothy 5:13).

Do you know any busybodies? Why do you think some of us enjoy meddling in others’ affairs? Do you think discontent and drama in one’s own life cause busybodiness? What do you think are some objectives of inquisitiveness into other people’s personal business?

Busy is always out there, busy as can be; always starting mess between you and me. The [Bible] gives fair warning, cause busy is on her game. She’ll have us fussing, have us fighting and scandalizing names. Busy is always out there come sunshine or rain, trying to get as many women to join her wicked gang. Busy is always out there speaking loud and clear, saying things that want to be heard by the itching ear. What busy seems to be saying may appear to have some truth, but sure as the sky is blue she’ll tell a lie and put her two cents in too. The Bible gives us fair warning through the scriptures that busybodies are in the church, and on you jobs trying to break up homes. Don’t join that gang with busybodies. © 2009 Tangie T. Woods

Questions below are guides to ask yourself and answer honestly. “The answers to these questions can help us determine whether our involvement in the affairs of others is, in fact, meddling. If we recognize that our real motivation is the enjoyment of being in the center of other people’s issues, it may be time to let God deal with that insecurity. It is important to remember that busybodies rarely think of themselves as insecure. If we find ourselves often embroiled in the secrets of others, it may be wise to seek the oversight of a trusted [minister].”

  • 1. Is this any of my business? (1 Timothy 5:13)
  • 2. Has God given me this assignment? (Ephesians 6:19)
  • 3. Am I qualified to involve myself with this? (Romans 14:10)
  • 4. Is my true motivation to bring help, or do I only want to feel needed? (1 Corinthians 13:1)
  • 5. How much of my “discussion” about the situation could be classified as gossip? (Proverbs 11:13)
  • 6. What was the result the last time I intruded in a situation that was not my problem? (Proverbs 26: 11)
  • 7. Has my opinion been sought by those involved? (Proverbs 27:2)
  • 8. Am I motivated by love for this person or by a sense of my own importance? (1 Corinthians 16:14)
  • 9. Am I basing my “help” on Scripture or on my own opinion? (Proverbs 16:25)
  • 10. Do I respond with anger when my “advice” is not accepted or found to be flawed? (Proverbs 17:10) The Bible has strong words for busybodies as busybodies within the church often disguise meddling as compassionate concern.

Remember, Satan is after your soul too. Who will win? Satan or God? The choice is yours as a free moral agent.


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“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you” (1 Thessalonians 4:11).

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

“[It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling” (Proverbs 20:3).

“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us (2 Thessalonians 3:6).


4 thoughts on “The Snake & Tainted Tongues: Busybodies

  1. Great list of questions to ask yourself to stay in check if you are falling prey to the temptation of being a busybody. Thanks for the thoughtful article.


  2. Often times the meddling is under the pretense of “helping.” You hit the nail on the head, busybodies are discontented in their own lives and gain satisfaction of the problems of others. I know some busybodies and their “busyness” is disguised as a “prayer request” or to offer unsolicited advice.

    Some people aren’t able to recognize themselves a busybody or they are simply in denial , the questions you provided can help individuals to examine themselves through the scriptures to determine whether they are meddlers in other people’s affairs.

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