Busybody - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ A-1,Verb,G4020, periergazomai ]
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,Adjective,G4021, periergos ]
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,Noun,G244, allotrioepiskopos ]
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.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words