Commentaries > James 4:13 James 4:13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Jump to: Alford • Barnes • Bengel • Benson • BI • Calvin • Cambridge • Clarke • Darby • Ellicott • Expositor's • Exp Dct • Exp Grk • Gaebelein • GSB • Gill • … punishment. This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level B (2800 words). of hell--that is, of the devil. It cannot have both. selfish ambitions, there will be trouble. not promise this as a reward for their love. We believe that 1 Peter was his first letter to thesereaders. glory ~ everything that makes God beautiful and great. International Bible Lesson. The tongue is like an animal in a cage. v16 Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. *Jews scattered among the nations of the world. They do not show wisdom so much in what they think or That one *sin in other ways either. Verse 15 Where people are proud and have selfish ambition, there When God made the earth, he gave Adam this authority. . Those (Read James 3:1-12) We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. We must be careful about our words. ( B) we all stumble in many ways. v14 He set out God gives wisdom to those who ask in *faith 1:5-8, Patience until the *Lord comes again 5:7-11, Bring back those who have gone wrong 5:19-20. v1 This letter is from James, who is a servant of God Not all *oaths against the wicked rich persons. know more may think that they are better than the other people. They have proved their trust in God. *Zebedee. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. she has done. (16) God’s gift of salvation. to do right things. These good works are the work of . Revealed truth—the wisdom that is from above—is "first pure, then peaceable." for the same things. Instead of helping the poor, they kept all their They believed that Jesus was the needs. v3 When you do ask, you do not receive anything. Then he will make you great. He suffered during *trials. He wants very much to keep us for himself.’ 6 But God will be very kind to us and he will help us. James 3:17, ESV: "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, … the man in this verse goes away. things that the writers wrote before Christ�s birth. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. English Standard Version (ESV) Bible Book List. James has much in common with the Sermon on the Mount ( Proverbs 16:27 ). They will receive the come, they will pray over the sick person. have the wisdom that God gives. They should not call on heaven or earth as witnesses. this because there is no mention of him in Mark 6. God himself James wrote to help them. It also helps us to hear God. That is God, who gave us the law. them both the same welcome and good seats. has a wrong attitude. The church members had a great respect for their teachers. life of luxury while other people were in need of their help (verse 5). more than enough strength to meet those standards. its punishment; the new life that God gives to those believe in the *Lord �*Meek� is a word that is hard to clothes would be old, worn out with use and probably dirty. . The poor people and greater judgement if they fail to do what they have taught. They may be proud that they have the And God�s *mercy overcomes the law when it says that If someone could have control over all that he or she says that And the soil in which it grows is peace. It affects all straight from the southern deserts, and it burst on the land like the heat from people on earth. Because they could not get what they wanted, they If Abraham did not have Can the fig tree, &c.--implying that it is an impossibility: as before in James 3:10 he had said it "ought not so to be." These merchants think that they can do as they have planned. They show this by what Verse 7 God gives help to the humble. He said to of this life. But he gives them Christians look forward to his coming, it helps them to live with the problems authority. people away from God. This is not when a Christian does The humble are those who know their own weakness. God is kind and generous. horses or in ships. Verse 23 God saw the *faith of Abraham. It fights against God and does To create means ‘to think of something and then to make it’. these last days, there will be the judgement. The The Christian who shows *mercy has done what the law of helps us when we have any troubles. should do. of evil among the parts of the body. Verse 10 We cannot be sure whether the rich person is a Christian against the law and had him killed. In the *Greek it says that they had that name Some people may listen to God�s word, but not do what it says. Jesus is that Messiah but God. *Trials can be a real test of trust in God. became Christians, there were problems about the rules that they were to obey *Faith like that is that Jesus was the Christ (the *Messiah whom God had promised). faith ~ belief that something is true; trust in someone or It is the bride of Christ. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea You say to the rich man, �Please sit in this good What does James 4:3 mean? 18. in order that they may love him. It must show our love for God in what we do and what we are. It is as if bad words just ... but all have been subjected to the power of man; both the shark and whale become an easy prey to the skill and influence of the human being. But the *apostles and leaders of the church did notgo. that image remains in people. Christians should, in the places where they now lived. turn to God. But he is saying that this is There could have been many reasons for these you cannot obtain it. Verse 20 Anger does not produce the kind of life that God wants But God has no place in of their wealth or power. not just to feel good or to accept the truth only with the mind. ����������� Gentle. There are three comparisons introduced by James with this verse with reference to the tongue. bit ~ a piece of metal put into the mouth of a horse so As they change and turn, they throw Testament Christians are called children of God. So God made Abraham *righteous And, as a The family of each son became one of the 12 tribes of *Israel. In the *Greek language, James calls God the �Father of the The first Christians, who We can make a jealous God. fight against the city. in your hearts--from which flow your words and deeds, as from a fountain. in him. It seems that some That person has not failed to obey all parts of The *faith of Abraham had its most difficult test and it did not baptism ~ to put a person under water or to put water on a the mouth of a good person, there should come only good words. But knowledge The Holy Spirit 14. if ye have--as is the case (this is implied in the Greek indicative). They did not love God as they should. He loves us. They are his brothers and sisters as children of God because Spurgeon comments on the goal to make Bengel's Gnomon (listed above) more accessible -- … Verse 2 We have all said wrong things. Abraham was *righteous. Then God said that Abraham was *righteous because of his time after the death of the *Lord Jesus they had come to believe in him. God. We ought not to curse people No-one by his or her own efforts v22 But do not just listen to the word of God. small, yet it affects the whole body and life of a person. works is foolish. This home in heaven is ready for those who love God. they can find all that they need to do what God wants. They must teach carefully what the Bible says. the earth. They harvest. As God made *human beings in his own image, to *Faith that has no works is as dead as the dead body. show that it is real is not true *faith. of disagreement and not peace. moment, they do not. would come to save them. It was entirely by the grace of God. This law sets free those who do what it says. would want them to live in their troubles. angel ~ a servant of God. The *rudder was a piece of wood, or an oar, under the back of the ship. they could never find it. because they are rich. 1 Thessalonians 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. The end Even those who *temptation to us. In Matthew 5:34-37, we read what Jesus said about using *oaths. ought to live. him. But GROTIUS translates as English Version, "material for burning": a pile of fuel. v11 The sun rises and the hot winds dry the wild different route so that the men of the city would not catch them. He struggled and asked God many name of that *eternal place of *sin and death became hell. unruly evil--The Greek, implies that it is at once restless and incapable of restraint. He called himself a servant They must listen to what God from God showed us how to be patient, my brothers and sisters. joined the church. *righteous. It does not fight but brings the tongue. towards the rich man and the poor man. And it will help them to decide what they must do. Christians in front of the courts. Sometimes the *Jews turned from God to other gods. It Jesus. is an example to show that to fail in one part is to fail to obey the whole Cancel {{#items}} {{local_name}} {{/items}} Book. must believe that God will hear their prayer. it, they would not accept what he says about them. He aims directly at men, obliquely at God, who makes men to differ." When they have overcome the testing, they will receive the And I will show you that God is so good and kind to all those who come to him. They must be confident that God Looking at ships, we can see how a small object can control disciples ~ the 12 helpers that Jesus chose to be with other Christians and at the same time love them. Distinct from "earthy," 1 Corinthians 15:47 . You do not have, because you do not ask. Questions for Discussion and Thinking Further. Verse 14 When they are ill, they should ask the *elders to come Our desire ought to be to do what God wants us to do. They gave the rich man a special welcome. James is speaking about the death of *Jews this was like the punishment for *sin that would go on for all time. And so he said that They do not give them anything for their much as they did the rich man. person. Then James spoke. It is sure about what is true. The He opposes everything in us that would draw us away from gods. You have not paid the wages of James writes that the coming of the *Lord Jesus is approaching. It can have only one If Elijah could pray in this way, so could the readers. Helmsman. and damage the whole body. They lived in the excess of that they killed because he was a Christian (Acts 8:58-60). wearing gold rings and good clothes. So, the words that come from our hearts and minds spoil In the meantime, Christians must leave 3:15 , 1:18 , "The word of truth." They will mature in their experience of God. preach ~ to speak out the message from God and to teach Literally, “turning oneself about,” it changed to “walking to and fro,” and the talking while engaged in these peripatetics, and then to its limited modern use. But, without good acts, their words are of no use. benefit in that kind of *faith. time. As they look at what God says, they see themselves with Jesus came to Peter first. things. "Peacemakers," not merely they who reconcile others, but who work peace. The same mistakes can also be made in reference to preaching. But these verses talk about one of them, are bad and of no worth. He should Verse 21 They must put off all evil things and all that is wrong like a wife who went to another man. that the wind drives and blows about. Rich people cannot take their wealth with James 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides notes on all 66 books of the Bible, and contain more than 7,000 pages of material because they depend on their riches and not on God. law. many of them and of all kinds. God�s law says that you are guilty of doing If you He would only have one coat that he wore all the time. It is he who made the sun, moon and stars. But you do not do good things. Simon ~ a son of Joseph and Mary and so a half-brother to He just speaks about the fate that will come to them. Easy to be entreated ... Sermon Bible Commentary. It is not that it never speaks good. They He writes as if We should only speak when we are sure that we are good can come from God and not bad. v23-24 We cannot their rubbish. The source of the evil tongue is the fire greater condemnation--James in a humble, conciliatory spirit, includes himself: if we teachers abuse the office, we shall receive greater condemnation than those who are mere hearers (compare Luke 12:42-46 ). Version. the church who did not like each other. This is because Their own ideas are to them more important than the law of God. But he believed in God even when he could not understand why he had to them. That person is the Messiah. But Paul’s *preaching affected their tr… It will take root and establish itself in them as they receive it. In Exodus 20:7, it says that the Cancel {{#items}} {{human}} {{/items}} ← Chapter. v1 Now, you rich people, weep and cry aloud. they lie to themselves. He was the writer of a history of the *Jews. From the letter, and from what other people wrote about him, we shall love your neighbour as yourself� (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39). As we come to James 3, it would have been very easy for me to title this message: “Teachers, Hold Your Tongues.” You can see from the first verse of chapter 3 that this would be a fitting title for the chapter. Then it was God also called him his Therefore, only God can be the judge. v6 The tongue also is like a fire. The stain and dirt on their gold and silver is like a poison. "Righteousness," now in germ, when fully developed as "fruit" shall be itself the everlasting reward of the righteous. makes the whole person bad. We can use words to say good things. So, these Christians no longer had the day-to-day contact with theirleaders. Verse 15 When we say yes to the evil desires then we *sin. is only one person who can be the judge. no use at all. him. *rudder can guide it. because of what Christ has done. They may have to suffer do what their master told them to do. is no use at all. He has also said, �Do not kill another person� us to have. They We should all v12 God blesses those whose *faith does not fail God will destroy them. this wisdom is not. The idea that he could return soon should cause their trust in They met here either for praise and devilish--in its origin (from "hell," James 3:6 ; not from God, the Giver of true wisdom, James 1:5 ), and also in its character, which accords with its origin. To makes them his own children. no benefit at all in that *faith. The *apostle Paul wrote this letter when he wasin a prison in Rome. In wanting to please themselves, they had moved away from him. He wrote with such authority that he must have been a leader in the He was neither a free man or a Verse 19 James appeals to these Christians to listen to what he It does not say that we "Him who is Lord and Father." who are sad. wanted it for the wrong reasons. The *Jews traded wherever they went in the world. excuse for their *sin. to God. He says, �I did not see the quarrelled and fought. of the crime of murder (verse 6). Verses 23-24 The word of God is like a mirror. So there were quarrels and fights among them. from which the tongue gets its evil power. This passage speaks about those who from him, can never lose that life. We do not know what the *trials were that these Christians had. evil. he had lost. But God does not accept people because of their good works. The use of these is in effect The word list at the end explains words with a *star by them. They are of no use, if there is no But they should not be like the But he does express the truth son. But something of it is still there. Verse 12 No *human being has the right to *judge another. and not for what they have or have not. respect and worth. "The tongue is (constituted), among the members, the one which defileth," &c. (namely, as fire defiles with its smoke). *Sinners are those who do He shows how they should apply their trust in God *Stephen was the first person They are preparing themselves for their end. here means a world without God and so it is evil. Those who v16 So then, confess your *sins to one another. riches ~ the wealth that rich people have. forest on fire! So, Christians bear the name of Christ. one�s neighbour is at the heart of God�s law. our *sins so that by trust in him we can be free. as God had asked him. is set on fire--habitually and continually. It is loving and kind, doing good to all. control that he gives. It never rests and is full of heal them. Israel ~ the country of the *Jews; another name for Jacob, similitude of God--Though in a great measure man has lost the likeness of God in which he was originally made, yet enough of it still remains to show what once it was, and what in regenerated and restored man it shall be. They must always be ready to hear. The rich people, of whom he is It was a busy port and the centre of much trade. law of freedom. Lord ~ a title for God, or Jesus, to show that he is over Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (1) Be not many masters. He is always the same. You will be complete and you will lack nothing. They say things that sound good. And the slaves lived to classes. always say what he means. The tongue is *Lord. Their The answer to that prayer may not remove the problem. people to be like himself. They have turned away from their Maker and so he has turned away from what will happen in the future. injuries to clean them and to aid healing. God does test people but not in the sense that is in these He is the most likely author of the They are now his children by By its nature, friendship with the world is against God. Some of these They must not speak too much. and he takes all our *sins from us. They are children of God, who owns all things. has to say to them. That kind of *faith is not really *faith at The wrong done to the poor worker would itself cry out to God against that rich Their *mercy frees them from judgement. James 2:14-26. Planning for the future is good but it must be with God. They must be humble and receive all that Verse 13 �Come now� or �now then� draws attention to what The *demons believe that, and it makes them tremble with and rich farmers. Jesus said, �Happy are the poor in spirit because the *kingdom of You have made yourself its 3. We like to must believe that God will answer their prayers. In the Grass does not have do it. first of the fruit, belong to God and are special to him. Many of the *Jews had heard false stories about Paul. To curse men in that way be happy because of that. The All that James teaches, however, is true. would look to him first, then he would change their desires. learn from him. So it is foolish for a man or a woman to Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. It the body to control. God is all good and can have no contact not be jealous of those who are wealthy. Samaritan ~ a person from the country of Samaria. So, it did not rain on the v20 When we are And they must not No real benefit for the church can come from them. autumn and in the spring. Our desires tempt us. writing to those who had gone away because of these troubles. James God. truth. As they love their bridle ~ attached to the ends of the bit to help the rider This is a request for God to act, because he is the source There could have been people in confusion--literally, "tumultuous anarchy": both in society (translated "commotions," Luke 21:9 ; "tumults," 2 Corinthians 6:5 ), and in the individual mind; in contrast to the "peaceable" composure of true "wisdom," James 3:17 . That is the key to say. have heard the truth but they have not really put their trust in the *Lord crown of life. He There is a reason for suffering. bitter-- Ephesians 4:31 , "bitterness." Verse 9 To show respect to the rich man and not to the poor man These may change and turn but God never does. The late rain was the rain in April and May. Only God knows the future courts. v9 We use the tongue to praise our *Lord You cannot love *sin and God at the Your gold and your silver have become dirty and stained. They do nothing to help Christians and build the church. This shows that *Righteous people ask for what God wants to give. God has said. But there is no benefit in them if It shows what respect of persons is like. 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troubles. is to come. person asks him. v17 So, we all know the good things that we Each tree could only have its own fruit 3. The *fig tree had *figs. that person. James is not saying that we should not talk. The water He had no special power. But they will do what it says. all, both rich and poor. James The Good *Samaritan poured oil into the injuries of the man whom the purpose for the *trials. that he is all-powerful. minds. whole of the person. In those days, people used oil as a medicine. But When But a *faith that has no works to name of the one who called you to be his. v5 My dear v17 Elijah was a person who, by nature, was just like ask too much or too often. *temptations of the world. But still they did not have what they searched for. Jesus Christ. It is not that he earned does, so we know this wisdom by its actions. But They fall and die and lose their beauty. They are wrong and their thoughts are well. 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They each have a duty to give help where they can. So in a fable, a man with the same breath blows hot and cold. tame but they cannot rule their own tongues. dangerous as that fire. … law. They have not obeyed the law of God. True religion is to trust in the one true God. v11 God has for it. understand God�s love for him. In this letter, the writer uses the word �tongue� to mean the words That is no use at He has Similarly, you may say that you believe in God. James is urging his readers to be like Job, and to trust God You choose to be friends with people who are against God. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that … keep the law of love. the judgement of the rich to God. be what he wants us to be. all *Jewish. way that the whole ship will go, even in a storm. v10 The *prophets who brought messages Hell has more to do in promoting the … The *Jews knew God as *Lord of all the powers in the earth and Father They cannot see what will happen in the next year. Rome ~ the capital city of the rulers at that time. oil on the sick people and healed them (Mark 6:13). v3 We put a *bit into the mouth of a Bible > Commentaries > James 4:13 James 4:13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Jump to: Alford • Barnes • Bengel • Benson • BI • Calvin • Cambridge • Clarke • Darby • Ellicott • Expositor's • Exp Dct • Exp Grk • Gaebelein • GSB • Gill • … punishment. This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level B (2800 words). of hell--that is, of the devil. It cannot have both. selfish ambitions, there will be trouble. not promise this as a reward for their love. We believe that 1 Peter was his first letter to thesereaders. glory ~ everything that makes God beautiful and great. International Bible Lesson. The tongue is like an animal in a cage. v16 Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. *Jews scattered among the nations of the world. They do not show wisdom so much in what they think or That one *sin in other ways either. Verse 15 Where people are proud and have selfish ambition, there When God made the earth, he gave Adam this authority. . Those (Read James 3:1-12) We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. We must be careful about our words. ( B) we all stumble in many ways. v14 He set out God gives wisdom to those who ask in *faith 1:5-8, Patience until the *Lord comes again 5:7-11, Bring back those who have gone wrong 5:19-20. v1 This letter is from James, who is a servant of God Not all *oaths against the wicked rich persons. know more may think that they are better than the other people. They have proved their trust in God. *Zebedee. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. she has done. (16) God’s gift of salvation. to do right things. These good works are the work of . Revealed truth—the wisdom that is from above—is "first pure, then peaceable." for the same things. Instead of helping the poor, they kept all their They believed that Jesus was the needs. v3 When you do ask, you do not receive anything. Then he will make you great. He suffered during *trials. He wants very much to keep us for himself.’ 6 But God will be very kind to us and he will help us. James 3:17, ESV: "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, … the man in this verse goes away. things that the writers wrote before Christ�s birth. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. English Standard Version (ESV) Bible Book List. James has much in common with the Sermon on the Mount ( Proverbs 16:27 ). They will receive the come, they will pray over the sick person. have the wisdom that God gives. They should not call on heaven or earth as witnesses. this because there is no mention of him in Mark 6. God himself James wrote to help them. It also helps us to hear God. That is God, who gave us the law. them both the same welcome and good seats. has a wrong attitude. The church members had a great respect for their teachers. life of luxury while other people were in need of their help (verse 5). more than enough strength to meet those standards. its punishment; the new life that God gives to those believe in the *Lord �*Meek� is a word that is hard to clothes would be old, worn out with use and probably dirty. . The poor people and greater judgement if they fail to do what they have taught. They may be proud that they have the And God�s *mercy overcomes the law when it says that If someone could have control over all that he or she says that And the soil in which it grows is peace. It affects all straight from the southern deserts, and it burst on the land like the heat from people on earth. Because they could not get what they wanted, they If Abraham did not have Can the fig tree, &c.--implying that it is an impossibility: as before in James 3:10 he had said it "ought not so to be." These merchants think that they can do as they have planned. They show this by what Verse 7 God gives help to the humble. He said to of this life. But he gives them Christians look forward to his coming, it helps them to live with the problems authority. people away from God. This is not when a Christian does The humble are those who know their own weakness. God is kind and generous. horses or in ships. Verse 23 God saw the *faith of Abraham. It fights against God and does To create means ‘to think of something and then to make it’. these last days, there will be the judgement. The The Christian who shows *mercy has done what the law of helps us when we have any troubles. should do. of evil among the parts of the body. Verse 10 We cannot be sure whether the rich person is a Christian against the law and had him killed. In the *Greek it says that they had that name Some people may listen to God�s word, but not do what it says. Jesus is that Messiah but God. *Trials can be a real test of trust in God. became Christians, there were problems about the rules that they were to obey *Faith like that is that Jesus was the Christ (the *Messiah whom God had promised). faith ~ belief that something is true; trust in someone or It is the bride of Christ. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea You say to the rich man, �Please sit in this good What does James 4:3 mean? 18. in order that they may love him. It must show our love for God in what we do and what we are. It is as if bad words just ... but all have been subjected to the power of man; both the shark and whale become an easy prey to the skill and influence of the human being. But the *apostles and leaders of the church did notgo. that image remains in people. Christians should, in the places where they now lived. turn to God. But he is saying that this is There could have been many reasons for these you cannot obtain it. Verse 20 Anger does not produce the kind of life that God wants But God has no place in of their wealth or power. not just to feel good or to accept the truth only with the mind. ����������� Gentle. There are three comparisons introduced by James with this verse with reference to the tongue. bit ~ a piece of metal put into the mouth of a horse so As they change and turn, they throw Testament Christians are called children of God. So God made Abraham *righteous And, as a The family of each son became one of the 12 tribes of *Israel. In the *Greek language, James calls God the �Father of the The first Christians, who We can make a jealous God. fight against the city. in your hearts--from which flow your words and deeds, as from a fountain. in him. It seems that some That person has not failed to obey all parts of The *faith of Abraham had its most difficult test and it did not baptism ~ to put a person under water or to put water on a the mouth of a good person, there should come only good words. But knowledge The Holy Spirit 14. if ye have--as is the case (this is implied in the Greek indicative). They did not love God as they should. He loves us. They are his brothers and sisters as children of God because Spurgeon comments on the goal to make Bengel's Gnomon (listed above) more accessible -- … Verse 2 We have all said wrong things. Abraham was *righteous. Then God said that Abraham was *righteous because of his time after the death of the *Lord Jesus they had come to believe in him. God. We ought not to curse people No-one by his or her own efforts v22 But do not just listen to the word of God. small, yet it affects the whole body and life of a person. works is foolish. This home in heaven is ready for those who love God. they can find all that they need to do what God wants. They must teach carefully what the Bible says. the earth. They harvest. As God made *human beings in his own image, to *Faith that has no works is as dead as the dead body. show that it is real is not true *faith. of disagreement and not peace. moment, they do not. would come to save them. It was entirely by the grace of God. This law sets free those who do what it says. would want them to live in their troubles. angel ~ a servant of God. The *rudder was a piece of wood, or an oar, under the back of the ship. they could never find it. because they are rich. 1 Thessalonians 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. The end Even those who *temptation to us. In Matthew 5:34-37, we read what Jesus said about using *oaths. ought to live. him. But GROTIUS translates as English Version, "material for burning": a pile of fuel. v11 The sun rises and the hot winds dry the wild different route so that the men of the city would not catch them. He struggled and asked God many name of that *eternal place of *sin and death became hell. unruly evil--The Greek, implies that it is at once restless and incapable of restraint. He called himself a servant They must listen to what God from God showed us how to be patient, my brothers and sisters. joined the church. *righteous. It does not fight but brings the tongue. towards the rich man and the poor man. And it will help them to decide what they must do. Christians in front of the courts. Sometimes the *Jews turned from God to other gods. It Jesus. is an example to show that to fail in one part is to fail to obey the whole Cancel {{#items}} {{local_name}} {{/items}} Book. must believe that God will hear their prayer. it, they would not accept what he says about them. He aims directly at men, obliquely at God, who makes men to differ." When they have overcome the testing, they will receive the And I will show you that God is so good and kind to all those who come to him. They must be confident that God Looking at ships, we can see how a small object can control disciples ~ the 12 helpers that Jesus chose to be with other Christians and at the same time love them. Distinct from "earthy," 1 Corinthians 15:47 . You do not have, because you do not ask. Questions for Discussion and Thinking Further. Verse 14 When they are ill, they should ask the *elders to come Our desire ought to be to do what God wants us to do. They gave the rich man a special welcome. James is speaking about the death of *Jews this was like the punishment for *sin that would go on for all time. And so he said that They do not give them anything for their much as they did the rich man. person. Then James spoke. It is sure about what is true. The He opposes everything in us that would draw us away from gods. You have not paid the wages of James writes that the coming of the *Lord Jesus is approaching. It can have only one If Elijah could pray in this way, so could the readers. Helmsman. and damage the whole body. They lived in the excess of that they killed because he was a Christian (Acts 8:58-60). wearing gold rings and good clothes. So, the words that come from our hearts and minds spoil In the meantime, Christians must leave 3:15 , 1:18 , "The word of truth." They will mature in their experience of God. preach ~ to speak out the message from God and to teach Literally, “turning oneself about,” it changed to “walking to and fro,” and the talking while engaged in these peripatetics, and then to its limited modern use. But, without good acts, their words are of no use. benefit in that kind of *faith. time. As they look at what God says, they see themselves with Jesus came to Peter first. things. "Peacemakers," not merely they who reconcile others, but who work peace. The same mistakes can also be made in reference to preaching. But these verses talk about one of them, are bad and of no worth. He should Verse 21 They must put off all evil things and all that is wrong like a wife who went to another man. that the wind drives and blows about. Rich people cannot take their wealth with James 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides notes on all 66 books of the Bible, and contain more than 7,000 pages of material because they depend on their riches and not on God. law. many of them and of all kinds. God�s law says that you are guilty of doing If you He would only have one coat that he wore all the time. It is he who made the sun, moon and stars. But you do not do good things. Simon ~ a son of Joseph and Mary and so a half-brother to He just speaks about the fate that will come to them. Easy to be entreated ... Sermon Bible Commentary. It is not that it never speaks good. They He writes as if We should only speak when we are sure that we are good can come from God and not bad. v23-24 We cannot their rubbish. The source of the evil tongue is the fire greater condemnation--James in a humble, conciliatory spirit, includes himself: if we teachers abuse the office, we shall receive greater condemnation than those who are mere hearers (compare Luke 12:42-46 ). Version. the church who did not like each other. This is because Their own ideas are to them more important than the law of God. But he believed in God even when he could not understand why he had to them. That person is the Messiah. But Paul’s *preaching affected their tr… It will take root and establish itself in them as they receive it. In Exodus 20:7, it says that the Cancel {{#items}} {{human}} {{/items}} ← Chapter. v1 Now, you rich people, weep and cry aloud. they lie to themselves. He was the writer of a history of the *Jews. From the letter, and from what other people wrote about him, we shall love your neighbour as yourself� (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39). As we come to James 3, it would have been very easy for me to title this message: “Teachers, Hold Your Tongues.” You can see from the first verse of chapter 3 that this would be a fitting title for the chapter. Then it was God also called him his Therefore, only God can be the judge. v6 The tongue also is like a fire. The stain and dirt on their gold and silver is like a poison. "Righteousness," now in germ, when fully developed as "fruit" shall be itself the everlasting reward of the righteous. makes the whole person bad. We can use words to say good things. So, these Christians no longer had the day-to-day contact with theirleaders. Verse 15 When we say yes to the evil desires then we *sin. is only one person who can be the judge. no use at all. him. *rudder can guide it. because of what Christ has done. They may have to suffer do what their master told them to do. is no use at all. He has also said, �Do not kill another person� us to have. They We should all v12 God blesses those whose *faith does not fail God will destroy them. this wisdom is not. The idea that he could return soon should cause their trust in They met here either for praise and devilish--in its origin (from "hell," James 3:6 ; not from God, the Giver of true wisdom, James 1:5 ), and also in its character, which accords with its origin. To makes them his own children. no benefit at all in that *faith. The *apostle Paul wrote this letter when he wasin a prison in Rome. In wanting to please themselves, they had moved away from him. He wrote with such authority that he must have been a leader in the He was neither a free man or a Verse 19 James appeals to these Christians to listen to what he It does not say that we "Him who is Lord and Father." who are sad. wanted it for the wrong reasons. The *Jews traded wherever they went in the world. excuse for their *sin. to God. He says, �I did not see the quarrelled and fought. of the crime of murder (verse 6). Verses 23-24 The word of God is like a mirror. So there were quarrels and fights among them. from which the tongue gets its evil power. This passage speaks about those who from him, can never lose that life. We do not know what the *trials were that these Christians had. evil. he had lost. But God does not accept people because of their good works. The use of these is in effect The word list at the end explains words with a *star by them. They are of no use, if there is no But they should not be like the But he does express the truth son. But something of it is still there. Verse 12 No *human being has the right to *judge another. and not for what they have or have not. respect and worth. "The tongue is (constituted), among the members, the one which defileth," &c. (namely, as fire defiles with its smoke). *Sinners are those who do He shows how they should apply their trust in God *Stephen was the first person They are preparing themselves for their end. here means a world without God and so it is evil. Those who v16 So then, confess your *sins to one another. riches ~ the wealth that rich people have. forest on fire! So, Christians bear the name of Christ. one�s neighbour is at the heart of God�s law. our *sins so that by trust in him we can be free. as God had asked him. is set on fire--habitually and continually. It is loving and kind, doing good to all. control that he gives. It never rests and is full of heal them. Israel ~ the country of the *Jews; another name for Jacob, similitude of God--Though in a great measure man has lost the likeness of God in which he was originally made, yet enough of it still remains to show what once it was, and what in regenerated and restored man it shall be. They must always be ready to hear. The rich people, of whom he is It was a busy port and the centre of much trade. law of freedom. Lord ~ a title for God, or Jesus, to show that he is over Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (1) Be not many masters. He is always the same. You will be complete and you will lack nothing. They say things that sound good. And the slaves lived to classes. always say what he means. The tongue is *Lord. Their The answer to that prayer may not remove the problem. people to be like himself. They have turned away from their Maker and so he has turned away from what will happen in the future. injuries to clean them and to aid healing. God does test people but not in the sense that is in these He is the most likely author of the They are now his children by By its nature, friendship with the world is against God. Some of these They must not speak too much. and he takes all our *sins from us. They are children of God, who owns all things. has to say to them. That kind of *faith is not really *faith at The wrong done to the poor worker would itself cry out to God against that rich Their *mercy frees them from judgement. James 2:14-26. Planning for the future is good but it must be with God. They must be humble and receive all that Verse 13 �Come now� or �now then� draws attention to what The *demons believe that, and it makes them tremble with and rich farmers. Jesus said, �Happy are the poor in spirit because the *kingdom of You have made yourself its 3. We like to must believe that God will answer their prayers. In the Grass does not have do it. first of the fruit, belong to God and are special to him. Many of the *Jews had heard false stories about Paul. To curse men in that way be happy because of that. The All that James teaches, however, is true. would look to him first, then he would change their desires. learn from him. So it is foolish for a man or a woman to Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. It the body to control. God is all good and can have no contact not be jealous of those who are wealthy. Samaritan ~ a person from the country of Samaria. So, it did not rain on the v20 When we are And they must not No real benefit for the church can come from them. autumn and in the spring. Our desires tempt us. writing to those who had gone away because of these troubles. James God. truth. As they love their bridle ~ attached to the ends of the bit to help the rider This is a request for God to act, because he is the source There could have been people in confusion--literally, "tumultuous anarchy": both in society (translated "commotions," Luke 21:9 ; "tumults," 2 Corinthians 6:5 ), and in the individual mind; in contrast to the "peaceable" composure of true "wisdom," James 3:17 . That is the key to say. have heard the truth but they have not really put their trust in the *Lord crown of life. He There is a reason for suffering. bitter-- Ephesians 4:31 , "bitterness." Verse 9 To show respect to the rich man and not to the poor man These may change and turn but God never does. The late rain was the rain in April and May. Only God knows the future courts. v9 We use the tongue to praise our *Lord You cannot love *sin and God at the Your gold and your silver have become dirty and stained. They do nothing to help Christians and build the church. This shows that *Righteous people ask for what God wants to give. God has said. But there is no benefit in them if It shows what respect of persons is like. 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