A Talebearer - Proverbs 11:13

Proverbs 11:13

"He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter." NASB


Once again, we can choose to consider this Proverb from the perspective of the confider or confidant. It would be prudent to consider it from whichever angle highlights our own tendency. Are you too trusting? Do you share things with people not worthy of your confidence? Or, worse still, are you untrustworthy - the kind of person who can't keep a secret?

For a frank and simple explanation of this verse, I like how it is rendered by The Passion Translation:

You can’t trust gossipers with a secret;
    they’ll just go blab it all.
    Put your confidence instead in a trusted friend,
    for he will be faithful to keep it in confidence.

We need to have people we can share things with, and seek counsel from, but we must be sure they are trustworthy! And indeed, we must guard our own mouths, seeking to be faithful with whatever confidence has been entrusted to us as well. Do you want to love well? Be a faithful confidant. 


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