“A Little Bird Told Me”

Have you ever wondered where that expression came from: “A little bird told me”?  Look no further than Ecclesiastes 10:20 in your Bible. There the Preacher offers the following words of wisdom:

“Furthermore, in your bed-chamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.”

How did the king find out that you cursed him behind his back? “A bird of the heavens will carry the sound …” — a little bird told him!

Of course it’s not literally true that a “bird” carries the words you didn’t want someone to hear, to them — but what the wise man was saying is that things have a way of getting around.  Be careful what you say:  on the job, in the hallway at church, even at home “in your bedchamber.”  If you don’t want anyone to know it, the wisest course is not to say it in the first place.

Those “little birds” have a way of getting around!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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