Proverbs 18:8 Dissected & Defined
The words of a talebearer (teller of tales) are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost (deepest) parts of the belly.
A talebearer is a “busybody.” They tell stories that are not fit to be told, and they tell them with an air of exaggeration or outright fallacy that they become nothing more than tales or untruths.
A Talebearer Cannot Be Trusted With Information
Busybodies cannot be trusted with information. Their information cannot be considered dependable either. They traffic in information plus interest. They add something to everything they hear. That is, what they say is more interesting than what they heard. It is done to produce a profit.
Not a financial profit, but rather an experiential profit. For they are no better than drug addicts who seek to gain a break from reality. When a talebearer gets a juicy tale in which to tell, they care not for whom it may harm. They are purely trafficking in self-pleasure. Scientists have proven that critical spirits and lying vanities produce a serotonin hit in the brain that acts just like an opiate. It is proven to be 100% addictive.
A Talebearer Thrives Off Stolen Information
Talebearers are junket junkies! A junket is defined as “stolen entertainment.” These fable fellows find facts and fuse it with fiction and frustrate their friends. They do all of this to get high on their own supply! It is entertainment to them!
People who do these types of things do not realize that the temporary satisfaction of a well-worded fable will only foil their future.
I know of people who are so unhappy. They spend much time frolicking around different functions so that they might find fodder for their fables. And they’ll frantically focus on every forgotten phrase and hope to elaborate in some eloquent way. Then they spin their yarn as they do great harm. As they do this, they get a temporary fix for their tireless frustrations. Yet, those who hear the fable will surely pass it on, and those who know the facts behind the fable will only experience deeper hurts as it continues to be forced upon their friends.