Teasing and the Bible

It seems teasing can be problematic.

Children were mocking and teasing Elisha, and 2 bears came out and mauled them.
2 Kings 2:23-24

He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.

Certainly we should not say things that are not true, do not reveal secrets.

Proverbs 11:13

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered

Dont say things that hurt people and then claim to have been joking.

Proverbs 26:18-19

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”

Be careful about what you say. Dont speak your mind without consideration.

Proverbs 29:11

 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards

Dont be dishonest – saying things that are not true about someone to tease or “devil” someone.

Matthew 5:36-37

 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Treat others as you wish to be treated (one would assume kindly).

Matthew 7:12

 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Do not speak foul or dirty language, nor harmful language. Build people up.

Ephesians 4:29

 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen

Dont speak foolishness, dont joke with innuendo, dont speak cuss words. be thankful.

Ephesians 5:4

Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

It is not right to speak bad things upon someone – like calling someone names (like stupid or worse).

James 3:10

 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right

Is it right to take pleasure in hurting someone’s feelings?

Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Making plans to harm someone seems to me to be devising wicked plans.

When we all pile onto picking on someone, it seems we have feet that make haste to run to evil.

When we tell lies and call people names, we are doing things we should not do.

When we tease and hurt people, we are sowing discord.

I have seen people tell secrets to tease someone…. This is what scripture says:

Proverbs 17:9

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Here’s something someone else has said to use as a test:

Are we teasing and boasting to another’s pleasure or his discomfort? Is it true and factual? If it is not, it is a lie, and no matter how funny it is, it is sin. Sarcasm belongs in the same category: If it is not true, it is a lie. Even if it is true, how are we expressing it? Does sarcasm express love, gentleness, peace, and mercy? Can we tease one another righteously? I would like to think so, but I am still working on learning how. Without God’s Spirit guiding our words, our tongues remain subtle, merciless, and destructive weapons.
Read more: http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/1973/Teasing.htm#ixzz2KJx4qIj6
So yeah, if we are going to tease, there are boundarfies and limits to what we can say and how.

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