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"seeking after the affairs of others"

Posted by Fibbergyl on September 11, 2004

I'm wondering about the meaning of a phrase I read recently: "seeking after the affairs of others".

I had several impressions of what it could mean. For example:

"being curious" or "being unconscionably curious" (nosy)

"being solicitous" "being genuinely and compassionately interested in other people"

"trying to 'horn in'" i.e., seeking to gain some advantage by relating or attaching oneself to the enterprises or efforts of other people.

I'm not sure if any of these is right. Can someone tell me?

Sincerely, Fibbergyl