Abundant Life

Jesus gives us an abundant life

Joh 10:10  The thief does not come except that he may steal, and kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life and may have it abundantly.

How to have an abundant life
Joh 15:10  If you keep My commandments you will continue in My love, as I have kept My Father’s commandments and continue in His love.
Joh 15:11  I have spoken these things to you that My joy may abide in you, and your joy may be full.

Jer 15:16  Your Words were found and I ate them; and Your Word was to me the joy and gladness of my heart. For I am called by Your name, O Jehovah, God of Hosts.

He gives us abundance that we might keep His Word
Psa 119:17  GIMEL: Deal bountifully with Your servant that I may live, and I will keep Your Word.

Keeping of the Word brings abundant life
Deu 28:1  And it shall be if listening you will listen to the voice of Jehovah your God, taking heed to do all His commandments which I command you this day, Jehovah your God shall give you to be on high above all nations of the earth.
Deu 28:2  And all these blessings shall come on you and overtake you if you will listen to the voice of 
Jehovah your God.
Deu 28:3  You shall be blessed in the city, and you shall be blessed in the field.
Deu 28:4  The fruit of your body shall be blessed, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your livestock, the offspring of your oxen, and the young ones of your flock.
Deu 28:5  Your basket and your kneadingtrough shall be blessed.
Deu 28:6  You shall be blessed when you come in, and you shall be blessed when you go out.
Deu 28:7  Jehovah shall cause your enemies that rise up against you to be stricken before your face. They shall come out against you one way, and flee before you seven ways.
Deu 28:8  Jehovah shall command the blessing on you in your storehouses and all that you set your hand to. And He shall bless you in the land which Jehovah your God is giving to you.
Deu 28:9  Jehovah shall establish you a holy people to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you shall keep the commands of Jehovah your God and welcome His ways.
Deu 28:10  And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of Jehovah, and they shall fear you.
Deu 28:11  And Jehovah shall prosper you in goods, and in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground in the land which Jehovah swore to your fathers to give it to you.
Deu 28:12  Jehovah shall open to you His good treasure, the heavens to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
Deu 28:13  And Jehovah shall make you the head, and not the tail. And you shall be only above, and you shall not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of Jehovah your God, which I am commanding you today, to be careful to do them.
Deu 28:14  And you shall not turn away from all the Words which I am commanding you today, right or left, to go after other gods, to serve them.

Isa 1:19  If you are willing and hear, you shall eat the good of the land.

Isa 56:4  For so says Jehovah to the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths and choose things I am pleased with, and take hold of My covenant:
Isa 56:5  I, even I will give to them in My house and in My walls a hand and a name better than sons and than daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which shall not be cut off.
Isa 56:6  And the sons of the alien who join themselves on Jehovah to serve Him, and to love the name of Jehovah, to be His servants, everyone who keeps from defiling the sabbath, and takes hold of My covenant:
Isa 56:7  even them I will bring to My holy mount and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on My altar, for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the peoples,
Isa 56:8  states the Lord Jehovah, who gathers the outcasts of Israel; I will yet gather beside him his gathered ones.
Isa 58:13  If you turn your foot away because of the sabbath, from doing what you please on My holy days, and call the sabbath a delight, to the holiness of Jehovah, glorified; and shall glorify Him, to the holiness of not doing your own ways, from finding your own pleasure or speaking your word;
Isa 58:14  then you shall delight yourself in Jehovah. And I will cause you to ride on the heights of the earth, and make you eat with the inheritance of your father Jacob. For the mouth of Jehovah has spoken.

Psa 37:4  And delight yourself in Jehovah, that He may give you your heart’s desire.

Psa 145:19  He will fulfill the desire of the ones who fear Him; and He will hear their cry and save them.
Psa 145:20  Jehovah watches over all who love Him

; but He destroys all the wicked.
Joh 15:7  If you remain in Me, and My Words remain in you, whatever you desire you will ask, and it shall happen to you.

Life according to the Word
Psa 119:25  DALETH: My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to Your Word.
Psa 119:107  I am greatly afflicted; O Jehovah, give me life according to Your Word.
Psa 119:154  Contend for my cause and redeem me; give me life according to Your Word.

Abundance without the Word leads to rebellion and waxing fat

Deu 31:20  And I shall bring them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I have sworn to their fathers. And you shall eat and be satisfied, and become fat, and shall turn to other gods; and they shall serve them, and despise Me, and break My covenant.
Deu 32:13  He made him ride on the high places of the earth, so that he might eat the increase of the fields. And He made him suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;
Deu 32:14  butter from cows, and milk from the flock, with fat from lambs, and rams of the sons of Bashan, and he goats, with the fat of the kidneys of wheat, and of the blood of the grape you shall drink wine.
Deu 32:15  But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked; you grew fat, thick {עבה ‘‛âbâh’} and sated. And he abandoned God who made him, and fell away from the Rock of his salvation.

Thick comes from the word:

H5666
עבה
‛âbâh
BDB Definition:
1) to be thick, be fat, be gross
1a) (Qal) to be fat, be thick, be gross

The root of this word means ‘darkness inside’:


What happens to those who become abundant in fleshly goods but not in spiritual goods?  They become darkened inside.

Mat 6:19  Do not treasure up for you treasures on the earth, where moth and rust cause to perish, and where thieves dig through and steal.
Mat 6:20  But treasure up for you treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust cause to perish, and where thieves do not dig through and steal.
Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Mat 6:22  The lamp of the body is the eye. Then if your eye is sound, all your body is light.
Mat 6:23  But if your eye is evil, all your body is dark. If, then, the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Mat 6:24  No one is able to serve two lords; for either he will hate the one, and he will love the other; or he will cleave to the one, and he will despise the other. You are not able to serve God and wealth.

Deu 32:15  But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked; you grew fat, thick and sated {כּשׂה ‘kâśâh’}. And he abandoned God who made him, and fell away from the Rock of his salvation.

The word ‘sated’ comes from the Hebrew:

H3780
כּשׂה
kâśâh
BDB Definition:
1) (Qal) to become sated, be gorged with food


Physical abundance without spiritual abundance leads to idolatry

Deu 32:15  But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked; you grew fat, thick and sated. And he abandoned God who made him, and fell away from the Rock of his salvation.

Deu 32:16  With strange gods they moved Him to jealousy; and with idols they provoked Him to anger.
Deu 32:17  They sacrificed to demons who were not God, to gods whom they did not know, new ones who came lately. Your fathers had not dreaded them.
Deu 32:18  You forgot the Rock that brought you into being and ceased to care for God who formed you.

Neh 9:25  And they seized strong cities and a rich land, and occupied houses full of all goods, wells already dug, vineyards and oliveyards and fruit trees in abundance. And they ate, and were filled, and became fat, and lived luxuriously in Your great goodness.
Neh 9:26  But they were disobedient, and rebelled against You, and cast Your Law behind their backs. And they killed Your prophets who testified against them, to turn them to You. And they worked great blasphemies.

A fat heart is a lawless heart

Psa 119:69  The proud have forged a lie against me; I will keep Your Precepts with all my heart.
Psa 119:70  Their heart is like fat, without feeling; I delight in Your Law.

Jer 5:23  But to this people there is a revolting and a rebellious heart; they have turned and are gone.
Jer 5:24  And they do not say in their heart, Let us now fear Jehovah our God who gives both the former and the latter rain in its season; He keeps for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
Jer 5:25  Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withheld good from you.
Jer 5:26  For among My people are found wicked ones. They lie in wait, as one who sets snares. They set a trap, they catch men.
Jer 5:27  Like a cage full of birds, so their houses are full of treachery. On account of this they have become great and grown rich.
Jer 5:28  They have become fat; they shine. Yes, they pass over the deeds of the evil; they do not judge the cause of the orphan, that they may prosper. And they do not vindicate the right of the needy.
Jer 5:29  Shall I not visit for these things, declares Jehovah? Shall not My soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

Isa 6:10  Make the heart of this people fat, and make his ears heavy, and shut his eyes, that he not see with his eyes, and hear with his ears, and understand with his heart, and turn back, and one heals him.

Mat 13:10  And coming near, the disciples said to Him, Why do You speak to them in parables?
Mat 13:11  And answering, He said to them, Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven, but it has not been given to those.
Mat 13:12  For whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have overabundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
Mat 13:13  Because of this, I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
Mat 13:14  And the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled on them, which says, “In hearing you will hear and in no way understand, and seeing you will see yet in no way perceive.
Mat 13:15  For the heart of this people has grown fat, and they heard heavily with the ears, and they have closed their eyes, that they not see with the eyes, or hear with the ears, and understand with the heart, and be converted, and I heal them.”
Isa. 6:9, 10
Mat 13:16  But your eyes are blessed because they see; and your ears because they hear.

Stiff neck is associated with being fat

Deu 31:27  For I have known your rebellion and your stiff neck. Behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against Jehovah. And how much more after my death!

Job 15:24  Distress and pain terrify him; they shall overpower him, as a king ready for the attack;
Job 15:25  because he stretched out his hand against God; and he acts mighty against the Almighty.
Job 15:26  He runs at Him with a stiff neck, with the thick layers of his shields,
Job 15:27  because he has covered his face with fat; yea, he has put fat on his loins.

Stiff necked, uncircumcised heart

Eze 3:7  But the house of Israel is not willing to listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to Me, for all the house of Israel are strong of forehead and hard of heart.
Eze 2:3  And He said to me, Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to the nations, the rebelling ones who have rebelled against Me. They and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this day.
Eze 2:4  And the sons are stiff of face and hard of heart. I am sending you to them. And you shall say to them, So says the Lord Jehovah.

Deu 10:16  And you shall circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and you shall not harden your neck any more.
Deu 30:6  And Jehovah your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love Jehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live.
Deu 30:7  And Jehovah your God will put all these curses on your enemies, and on those that hate you, who have persecuted you.
Deu 30:8  And you shall return and obey the voice of Jehovah, and do all His commandments which I am commanding you today.

The word for stiff necked comes from:


Isa 5:24  So, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and the flame burns up the chaff; their root shall be like rottenness, and their blossoms shall go up like dust, because they have rejected the Law of Jehovah of Hosts; and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel.

The Fat shepherds

Eze 34:1  And the Word of Jehovah was to me, saying,
Eze 34:2  Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to them, to the shepherds, So says the Lord Jehovah: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who are feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?

Eze 34:3  You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you sacrifice the fat ones, and you do not feed the flock.
Eze 34:4  You have not made the weak strong; and you have not healed the sick, and you have not bound up the broken. And the banished have not been brought back, and you have not sought the lost, but you rule them with force and with harshness.
Eze 34:5  And they were scattered for lack of a shepherd. And they became food to all the beasts of the field when they were scattered.
Eze 34:6  My sheep strayed through all the mountains and on every high hill. And My sheep were scattered on all the face of the earth, and none searched, and none sought for them.
Eze 34:7  For this reason, shepherds, hear the Word of Jehovah:
Eze 34:8  As I live, declares the Lord Jehovah, surely because My sheep became a prey, and My sheep became food for all the beasts of the field, from not having a shepherd, and because My shepherds did not search for My sheep, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed the flock,
Eze 34:9  so, O shepherds, hear the Word of Jehovah:
Eze 34:10  So says the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My sheep from their hand and cause them to cease from pasturing the sheep. And the shepherds shall no longer feed themselves, for I will deliver My sheep from their mouth, and they will not be food to devour.
Eze 34:11  For so says the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep, and seek them out.
Eze 34:12  As a shepherd seeks his flock in the day that he is among his scattered sheep, so I will seek out My sheep and will deliver them from all the places where they were scattered in a day of cloud, and thick cloud.
Eze 34:13  And I will bring them out from the peoples, and gather them from the lands, and I will bring them to their land and feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the dwelling places of the land.
Eze 34:14  I, even I, will feed them in a good pasture, and on the high mountains of Israel their fold shall be. They shall lie there in a good fold, and they shall feed in a fat pasture, all the mountains of Israel.
Eze 34:15  I will feed My sheep, and I will make them lie down, declares the Lord Jehovah.
Eze 34:16  I will seek the lost, and I will return the banished. And I will bind up the broken, and I will make the weak strong. But I will destroy the fat and the strong, I will feed them with judgment.
Eze 34:17  And you, My flock, so says the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I judge between lamb and lamb, between rams and he goats.
Eze 34:18  Is it a small thing to you to have fed on the good pasture, but you must trample the rest of your pastures with your feet? And have you drunk of the clear waters, but the rest you must foul with your feet?
Eze 34:19  And My sheep, what your feet have trampled, they must feed on, and they drink what your feet have fouled.
Eze 34:20  So the Lord Jehovah says this to them: Behold, I, even I, will even judge between the fat lamb and the lean lamb.
Eze 34:21  Because you have thrust with side and with shoulder, and have pushed all the weak with your horns until you have scattered them to the outside.
Eze 34:22  I also will save My flock, and they shall no longer be for a prey. And I will judge between lamb and lamb.
Eze 34:23  And I will raise up over them one Shepherd. And He shall feed them. My servant David, He shall feed them, and He shall be their Shepherd.
Eze 34:24  And I, Jehovah, will be their God, and My servant David shall be a ruler among them. I, Jehovah, have spoken.
Eze 34:25  And I will cut a covenant of peace with them and make evil beasts cease out of the land. And they shall live in the wilderness securely and sleep in the forests.
Eze 34:26  And I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will bring down the shower in its season, there shall be showers of blessing.
Eze 34:27  And the tree of the field shall give its fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase. And they shall be securely on their land. And they shall know that I am Jehovah when I have broken the staffs of their yoke, and have rescued them from the hand of those who enslaved them.
Eze 34:28  And they shall not any more be a prey to the nations, and the beast of the land shall not eat them. But they shall live securely, and no one shall terrify them.
Eze 34:29  And I will raise up for them a noted planting place, and they shall not any more be of those gathered by famine in the land. And they shall not any more bear the shame of the nations.
Eze 34:30  And they shall know that I, Jehovah their God, am with them, and they are My people, the house of Israel, declares the Lord Jehovah.
Eze 34:31  And you, My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, you are men. I am your God, declares the Lord Jehovah.

Hos 13:4  Yet I am Jehovah, your God from the land of Egypt; and you shall know no other gods than Me. For there is no Savior besides Me.
Hos 13:5  I have known you in the wilderness, in the land of great dryness.
Hos 13:6  According to their pasture, so they were filled. They were filled, and their heart was lifted up. On account of this they have forgotten Me.
Hos 13:7  Now I am as a lion to them; I will watch by the way like a leopard.
Hos 13:8  I will meet them like a bereaved bear, and I will tear the lining of their heart; and as a lion, I will devour them there; the beast of the field shall tear them.
Hos 13:9  O Israel, you are destroyed, but your help is in Me.

Abundance leads to lukewarmness
Rev 3:14  And to the angel of the assembly of Laodicea, write: These things says the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Head of the creation of God:
Rev 3:15  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold, or hot.
Rev 3:16  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to vomit you out of My mouth.
Rev 3:17  Because you say, I am rich, and I am made rich, and I have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
Rev 3:18  I advise you to buy from Me gold having been fired by fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, and your shame and nakedness may not be revealed. And anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
Rev 3:19  I, as many “as I love, I rebuke and I chasten.” Be zealous, then, and repent. Prov. 3:12
Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door and knock: If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will enter to him, and I will dine with him, and he with Me.
Rev 3:21  The one overcoming, I will give to him to sit with Me in My throne, as I also overcame and sat with My Father in His throne.
Rev 3:22  The one who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

We need to hunger for His righteousness

Mat 5:6  Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled.
Luk 6:21  Blessed are those hungering now, for you will be filled. Blessed are those weeping now, for you will laugh.
Luk 6:22  Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they cut you off, and will reproach you, and will cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man;
Luk 6:23  rejoice in that day, and leap for joy; for, behold, your reward is much in Heaven! For their fathers did according to these things to the prophets.
Luk 6:24  But woe to you, rich ones, for you have your comfort!
Luk 6:25  Woe to you, those having been filled, for you will hunger! Woe to you, those laughing now, for you will mourn and lament!
Luk 6:26  Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers did according to these things to the false prophets.

Seared with a hot iron

1Ti 4:1  But the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, cleaving to deceiving spirits and teachings of demons,

1Ti 4:2  in lying speakers in hypocrisy, being seared in their own conscience,

1Ti 4:3  forbidding to marry, saying to abstain from foods, which God created for partaking with thanksgiving by the believers and those knowing the truth.

1Ti 4:4  Because every creature of God is good, and nothing to be thrust away, but having been received with thanksgiving;

1Ti 4:5  for through God’s Word and supplication it is sanctified.

1Ti 4:2  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared {καυτηριάζω ‘kautēriazō’} with a hot iron;

G2743
καυτηριάζω
kautēriazō
Thayer Definition:
1) to mark by branding, to brand, branded with their own consciences
1a) whose souls are branded with the marks of sin
1b) who carry about with them the perpetual consciousness of sin
2) seared
3) in a medical sense, to cauterise, remover by cautery
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from a derivative of G2545

Judging others is a result of a hardened heart

Rom 2:1  Therefore, O man, you are without excuse, everyone who judges, for in that in which you judge the other, you condemn yourself; for you, those judging, practice the same things.
Rom 2:2  But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth on those that practice such things.
Rom 2:3  And, O man, the one judging those practicing such things, and doing them, do you think that you will escape the judgment of God?
Rom 2:4  Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, and the forbearance and the long-suffering, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Rom 2:5  But according to your hardness and your impenitent heart, do you treasure up to yourself wrath in a day of wrath, and revelation of a righteous judgment of God?

Accusing others is associated with being gluttonous

The Hebrew word Satan means an accuser

H7854
שׂטן
śâṭân
BDB Definition:
1) adversary, one who withstands

Rev 12:10  And I heard a great voice saying in Heaven, Now has come the salvation and power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ, because the accuser {κατηγορία ‘katēgoria’} of our brothers is thrown down, the one accusing them before our God day and night.

The Greek word here is κατηγορία ‘katēgoria’ which pictures one who examines another in order to accuse or judge them.  The English word ‘category’ comes from this word.  To categorize or “label” someone is to accuse them.

This character of the accuser is also seen in the Greek word διάβολος ‘diabolos’ which is also translated as devil.  διάβολος ‘diabolos’ is sometimes translated as “False accuser” as well.

2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers {διάβολος ‘diabolos’}, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Slanderers also could be translated as devils

1Ti 3:11  Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers {διάβολος ‘diabolos’}, sober, faithful in all things.

In Aramaic the word for devil is ‘akel’ or accuser

Vocalized: “LoAK,eL-QaRCoA”

Root: AKL

accuser; calumniator.

The Aramaic root word for this means gluttonous, consume, accuse

Gal 5:14  For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Lev. 19:18
Gal 5:15  But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you are not consumed by one another.

Pro 18:8  The words of a slanderer are greedily swallowed; yea, they go down into the innermost chambers of the belly.

Amongst believers this is one of the greatest weaknesses prevalent today.  It is because we have an overabundance.  Our lives are too easy so we find it necessary to put our noses into the lives of others.  We like to ‘spy’ into the lives of others.

Walking to and fro

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

The Hebrew word for slander, spying and feet are all from the same root


Job 1:7  And Jehovah said to Satan, From where have you come? And Satan answered Jehovah and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Another Hebrew word for slander is associated with trading and merchandise.  Ezekiel 28 describes the adversary as a trader.  Notice that the Hebrew word for talebearer comes from this same Hebrew root.


Exo 23:1  Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

Psa 50:20  Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.
Psa 50:21  These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
Psa 50:22  Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Psa 101:5  Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

Pro 11:9  An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
Pro 11:12  One despising his friend lacks heart, but an understanding man remains silent.

Pro 12:6  The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

Tit 3:2  To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

Jas 4:11  Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

Psa 15:1  A Psalm of David. O Jehovah, who shall dwell in Your tabernacle? Who shall live in Your holy mountain?
Psa 15:2  He who walks uprightly and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.
Psa 15:3  He does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor lifts up a reproach against his neighbor.

 

Murder of the Tongue
Mat 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Pro 12:18  There is a rash speaking like thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is healing.
Jer 9:2  Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.
Jer 9:3  And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.
Eze 22:9  In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness.
Psa 109:2  For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
Psa 109:3  They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
Lev 19:16  Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.
Lev 19:17  Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
Lev 19:18  Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
Psa 50:19  Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
Psa 50:20  Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.
Psa 50:21  These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
Pro 10:18  He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
Pro 30:10  Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
Ecc 10:11  Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

Sir 28:13  Curse the whisperer and doubletongued: for such have destroyed many that were at peace.
Sir 28:14  A backbiting tongue hath disquieted many, and driven them from nation to nation: strong cities hath it pulled down, and overthrown the houses of great men.
Sir 28:15  A backbiting tongue hath cast out virtuous women, and deprived them of their labours.
Sir 28:16  Whoso hearkeneth unto it shall never find rest, and never dwell quietly.
Sir 28:17  The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones.
Sir 28:18  Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue.
Sir 28:19  Well is he that is defended through the venom thereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor hath been bound in her bands.
Sir 28:20  For the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are bands of brass.
Sir 28:21  The death thereof is an evil death, the grave were better than it.
Sir 28:22  It shall not have rule over them that fear God, neither shall they be burned with the flame thereof.
Sir 28:23  Such as forsake the Lord shall fall into it; and it shall burn in them, and not be quenched; it shall be sent upon them as a lion, and devour them as a leopard.
Sir 28:24  Look that thou hedge thy possession about with thorns, and bind up thy silver and gold,
Sir 28:25  And weigh thy words in a balance, and make a door and bar for thy mouth.
Sir 28:26  Beware thou slide not by it, lest thou fall before him that lieth in wait.

Gossip associated with witchcraft
1Ti 5:13  and with it all, they also learn to be idle, going around the houses, and not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies {περίεργος ‘periergos’}, speaking the things not proper.

G4021
περίεργος
periergos
Thayer Definition:
1) busy about trifles and neglectful of important matters
1a) especially busy about other folks’ affairs, a busybody
1b) of things: impertinent and superfluous
1b1) of magic arts
Part of Speech: adjective
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G4012 and G2041

2Th 3:11  For we hear some are walking in a disorderly way among you, not working at all, but being busybodies {περιεργάζομαι ‘periergazomai’}.

 

G4020
περιεργάζομαι
periergazomai
Thayer Definition:
1) to bustle about uselessly, to busy one’s self about trifling, needless, useless matters
1a) used apparently of a person officiously inquisitive about other’s affairs
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G4012 and G2038

περιεργάζομαι ‘periergazomai’ is related to the word περίεργος ‘periergos’ which is translated as “curious arts” in Acts 19:19.

Act 19:19  And many of the ones practicing the curious arts {περίεργος ‘periergos’ }, bringing together the books, burned them before all. And they counted the prices of them, and found it to be fifty thousands of silver.

Robertson Word Pictures
Act 19:19
Not a few of them that practised curious arts (hikanoi tōn ta perierga praxantōn). Considerable number of the performers or exorcists themselves who knew that they were humbugs were led to renounce their evil practices. The word perierga (curious) is an old word (peri, erga) originally a piddler about trifles, a busybody (1Ti_5:13), then impertinent and magical things as here. Only two examples in the N.T. It is a technical term for magic as the papyri and inscriptions show. Deissmann (Bible Studies, p. 323) thinks that these books here burned were just like the Magic Papyri now recovered from Egypt.

Gossipers are associated with those who visit neighbors often
1Ti 5:13  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.
1Ti 5:13  and with it all, they also learn to be idle, going around the houses, and not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies, speaking the things not proper.
2Th 3:11  For we hear some are walking in a disorderly way among you, not working at all, but being busybodies.

We are to visit our neighbors rarely…why?  Because it is not our business to get too involved in their lives.

Pro 25:17  Make your foot rare from your neighbor’s house, lest he be full of you and hate you.

We are to live humble, simple lives.  This is not what is seen in modern societies because life is too easy.  Our lives are too easy.  We don’t have to work as hard as the ancients did to feed and support our families.  Instead of using our extra time to study the Holy Scriptures or to pray and praise the Most High or to serve Him through acts of love towards others, we use our extra time to meddle in the affairs of others.  Social media has worsened this problem exponentially.

1Ti 2:1  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 2:2  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1Ti 2:3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:2 indicates that we should strive to be quiet or tranquil which in Greek {ἤρεμος ‘ēremos’} means solitary (separate from the world) and live a quiet existence (sitting still).  We should live simple lives, separate from the world…being in the world but “not of the world.”

G2263
ἤρεμος
ēremos
Thayer Definition:
1) quiet, tranquil
Part of Speech: adjective
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: perhaps by transposition from G2048 (through the idea of stillness)

G2048
ἔρημος
erēmos
er’-ay-mos
Of uncertain affinity; lonesome, that is, (by implication) waste (usually as a noun, G5561 being implied): – desert, desolate, solitary, wilderness.

1Th 4:11  And eagerly aspiring to be quiet {ἡσυχάζω ‘hēsuchazō’}, and to do your own things, and to work with your own hands, as we enjoined you,
2Th 3:10  For even when we were with you, we commanded this to you: If anyone does not desire to work, neither let him eat.
2Th 3:11  For we hear some are walking in a disorderly way among you, not working at all, but being busybodies.
2Th 3:12  And we command such and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that working with quietness
{ἡσυχάζω ‘hēsuchazō’}, they may eat their own bread.

G2271
ἡσυχία
hēsuchia
Thayer Definition:
1) quietness
1a) description of the life of one who stays at home doing his own work, and does not officiously meddle with the affairs of others
2) silence

Don’t get involved in the affairs of others
1Pe 4:15  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters {ἀλλοτριεπίσκοπος ‘allotriepiskopos’}.

G244
ἀλλοτριεπίσκοπος
allotriepiskopos
1) one who takes the supervision of affairs pertaining to others and in no wise to himself, a meddler in other men’s affairs
From G245 and G1985; overseeing others’ affairs, that is, a meddler (specifically in Gentile customs): – busybody in other men’s matters.

Help others, but only when it is in your power to do so or when you know how to fix the situation.  Otherwise, it is wise for us to stay out of the affairs of others.

Pro 3:27  Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power { אל ”êl’} of your hand to do it.

In Hebrew the word translated as “power” is  אל ”êl’ which is most commonly translated as God…do good when God gives you the power to help…


Pro 25:8  Do not go out to fight hastily, lest you know not what to do in the end of it, when your neighbor has put you to shame.

Luk 11:41  But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

Gal 6:1  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Gal 6:3  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Gal 6:4  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
Gal 6:5  For every man shall bear his own burden.

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