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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Busybody

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A — 1: περιεργάζομαι

(Strong's #4020 — Verb — periergazomai — per-ee-er-gad'-zom-ahee )

lit., "to be working round about, instead of at one's own business" (peri, "around," ergon, "work"), signifies to take more pains than enough about a thing, to waste one's labor, to be meddling with, or bustling about, other people's matters. This is found in 2 Thessalonians 3:11 , where, following the verb ergazomai, "to work," it forms a paronomasia. This may be produced in a free rendering: "some who are not busied in their own business, but are overbusied in that of others."

B — 1: περίεργος

(Strong's #4021 — Adjective — periergos — per-ee'-er-gos )

akin to A, denoting "taken up with trifles," is used of magic arts in Acts 19:19; "busybodies" in 1 Timothy 5:13 , i.e., meddling in other persons' affairs. See CURIOUS.

C — 1: ἀλλοτριεπίσκοπος

(Strong's #244 — Noun Masculine — allotrioepiskopos — al-lot-ree-ep-is'-kop-os )

from allotrios, "belonging to another person," and episkopos, "an overseer," translated "busybody" in the AV of 1 Peter 4:15 , "meddler," RV, was a legal term for a charge brought against Christians as being hostile to civilized society, their purpose being to make Gentiles conform to Christian standards. Some explain it as a pryer into others' affairs. See MEDDLER.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Busybody'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/b/busybody.html. 1940.

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