André Baard

Two Words

ALLOTRIEPISKOPOS – Meddler in Other Men’s Matters

“For let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil-doer, or as a meddler in other men’s matters”

1 Peter 4:15

See what the word ‘meddler’ means in the Greek:

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon STRONGS NT 244: ἀλλοτριοεπίσκοποςἀλλοτριοεπίσκοπος (L T Tr WH ἀλλοτριεπ.), , ὁ (ἀλλότριος and ἐπίσκοπος), “one who takes the supervision of affairs pertaining to others and in no wise to himself (a meddler in other men’s matters)”: 1 Peter 4:15 (the writer seems to refer to those who, with holy but intemperate zeal, meddle with the affairs of the Gentiles — whether public or private, civil or sacred — in order to make them conform to the Christian standard).

The Douay-Rheims translation uses “a coveter of other men’s things” …

Strong’s definition for allotriepiskopos says “From allotrios and episkopos; overseeing others’ affairs, i.e. A meddler (specially, in Gentile customs) — busybody in other men’s matters.

LOCALITIS – Diplomatic Betrayal

Undue concern for, interest in, or belief in the importance of a local area or local matters; specifically (with reference to diplomats) the tendency to be more sympathetic to the interests of one’s host country than to those of one’s own government.

These two words say an awful lot. See who Peter lumps meddler with? Murderers and thieves! And this is not exaggerated, scripture does not over-emphasise … We should not be entangled in the ‘affairs of the Gentiles’, we should not be meddlers holding the world to the Christian standard …

“Like one who takes a dog by the ears is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.”

Proverbs 26:17

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