james 3 nkjv commentary

The idea of coming to the point and saying something worthwhile is also good counsel for us as we talk with others each day. 1 En. Beloved, as an alien and stranger (short timer) on earth, you need to change your intake from earthly to heavenly, from the temporal to the eternal. — Julie Ackerman Link let him show by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom. 5 They hold fast to themselves an evil purpose; They talk of laying snares secretly; They say, “Who can see them?” Psalm 64:2-5), They ("Evil men" Ps 140:1) sharpen their tongues as a serpent; b Selah. It has taken us many more days to rid the house of this fetid smell. Saying that one has godly wisdom is not the same as having it -- objective standards of judgment must be applied. $1.52 . We  need to guard our lips, making David's prayer in Psalm  19:14  our  daily prayer: "Let the words of my mouth and the  medication  of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength  and   my Redeemer." Used literally in James 3:11 as the opposite of what which is sweet, and in the Septuagint (Lxx) of Ex 15:23 describing the waters of Marah which "were bitter" and could not be drunk by Israel. If you're asking yourself 'where can I buy a Bible? New Linguistic and Exegetical Key on epieikes - The word signifies a humble patience, a steadfastness able to submit to injustice, disgrace, and maltreatment without hatred and malice, trusting in God in spite of all of it. He wrote, “It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (3:8). William S. Plumer, Wisdom is the knowledge which sees into the heart of things, which knows them as they really are.            a. (Php 1:17+)". He knows how to peddle his wickedness. Anon. In Ro 1:14+, Paul refers to the Greeks as the "wise" (although not in spiritual matters). "A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, And bringeth down the strength of the confidence thereof" (Proverbs 21:22). Their wisdom is more characteristic of the world, the flesh, and the devil than of God. "Righteous lips are the delight of kings; And they love him that speaketh right" (Proverbs 16:13). No alloys, not tainted by any impurity (in 1 Ti 5:22 hagnos is translated in NASB as "free from sin"). Wisdom is proper use of knowledge. 17 But (S)the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, (T)without partiality (U)and without hypocrisy. . Show this by living the right way with the humility that comes from wisdom. He wrote, “The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. For example, pikros suggests a “spiteful, vindictive” person as well as “bitter, unpleasant” taste (see Exodus 15:23), “piercing” sound, “sorrowful” feelings, and “painful” disappointment. His house is as empty of religion as the white of an egg is of savor. To curse man is to curse the likeness of God in man." J. (Ibid), ILLUSTRATION/APPLICATION - Settling arguments peacefully in English pubs has often been a difficult task. — Ecclesiastes 5:2 "Where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth" (Proverbs 26:20). "Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones" (Proverbs 16:24). (Ibid). We think of the wicked lie that the backslidden old prophet of Bethel told to the bright, young prophet from Judah (1 Kings 13:1-32). "The lip of truth shall be established for ever" (Proverbs 12:19). Zodhiates on let him show - Now do not merely say you are wise, but act it. William Penn, A word spoken is physically transient but morally permanent. Members (3196) see preceding discussion on melos. But - (alla) is a strong term of contrast. 9:10), the righteousness "which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God" (Phil. God works to change us from the inside out. ", Barclay says adiakritos "means that it is not wavering and swaying; it knows its own mind, chooses its course and abides by it. Burdick observes that "James shifts almost unnoticeably from discussing the power of the tongue (James 3:3-6) to a discussion of its perversity (James 3:7-12).     Were just left forever unsaid. All rights reserved) (Col 3:1-4+). It is pure. 3. of wine and the like, to overcome, overpower, Hom. James 3:11  Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Jas. We can feel imprisoned by hard feelings, strained relationships, and confining circumstances. The show window of the Christian is most important. "The mouth of the righteous bringeth forth wisdom" (Proverbs 10:31). Today, make these words of David your prayer:  "Set a guard, Here the noun (akatastasia) points to the resultant public confusion, disorder, and chaotic turbulence in the assembly....In Luke 21:9 it is used to describe the tumults, uprisings, and revolutions that will mark the period preceding the parousia. So, "under God" there is equality—but only under God. His life will be characterized by modesty and unobtrusive-ness. Adoniram Judson), Thing (affair, matter, case) (4229)(pragma) is "that which is done or happens, deed, thing, event, occurrence, matter." Stulac says "The adjective pikros ("bitter") describes a harsh stance of demanding to be recognized as wise, instead of being willing to learn." - Robertson calls this a "rhetorical interrogative" (like Lk 11:11+). Every time Susan opens her mouth, it sounds like the blare of an ambulance siren. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3). 12:34). What was Greek fire? Design flaws in both the clothing and the slide made this an accident waiting to happen. 6,7,11-13). (Ibid), Peaceable (1516)(eirenikos from eirene = peace)    characterized or promoting a state of wholeness and well-being, thatis, loving and promoting peace. —James 3:5. Hold o’er my being absolute sway! It is that ultimate self-elevation rampant in the world today which is the antithesis of what the gentle, humble, selfless, giving, loving, and obedient child of God is called to be in Christ and only possible in the power of His Spirit. Fetid means offensively malodorous. What does it mean that humanity is made in the image of God (imago dei)? — Reprinted by permission. Well, since he exclusively uses a King James Version Bible for his sermons, I went hunting for a KJV commentary. 23:28; Jn. Good fruit will endure for eternity!!! May I speak only words that please You and bring health and healing to others. Although she had planned to have her teacher approve the experiment, her classmates persuaded her to perform it outside the classroom. ; Jas. Here it refers first in rank and which specifically to purity because without purity the wisdom is not from above! Isa 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! What James is saying is that the tongue can kindle a destructive fire which can destroy all life. NIV  James 3:6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. Such will stand forever and ever. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.     In clear black and white The tongue is a little member, but it has great power.Give God your tongue and your heart each day and ask Him to use you to be a blessing to others. (Ibid). Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist - Amplified - "For wherever there is jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry and selfish ambition).". Thousands of people evacuated their homes, and millions of dollars were spent fighting a blaze that began with a single match. A bird is known by his note, a man by his talk. 23:33; Mk. As we draw on God’s wisdom through His Word, we can smother the sparks of dissension and instead speak words of peace. A Malaysian court has ruled that using derogatory and vulgar language about your superiors at work is acceptable, as long as you do it behind their backs. It speaks of a transparent genuineness (cf. Besides, he brings up his sons to follow his steps; and if he finds in any of them a foolish timorousness, (for so he calls the first appearance of a tender conscience,) he calls them fools and blockheads, and by no means will employ them in much, or speak to their commendations before others. BBE  James 3:12 Is a fig-tree able to give us olives, my brothers, or do we get figs from a vine, or sweet water from the salt sea?     Then wouldn't one sigh, 3:15 No uses in the Septuagint. Rather than building up our friends, our words can tear them down. Men that have any dealings with him say it is better to deal with a Turk than with him; for fairer dealing they shall have at their hands. To exhibit or present to the view of others. (GENTLENESS) Humility is the character trait underlying the Christian behavior described in the entire letter; this is the trait to cultivate if one would take James's teaching deeply into one's life (cf James 1:21+). The first man to choose would get his wish, but the other man would get double of the first wish. Matthew Henry, Gentleness (meekness, humility)(4240)(prautes cf closely related word praus) describes the quality of NOT being overly impressed by a sense of one’s self-importance. It is controlled by either the flesh—by the old, fallen Adamic nature (ED: SEE "OLD MAN")—or the indwelling Spirit of God. James is saying, For harmonious relationships, behave with godly wisdom, not with worldly “wisdom.”...In typical fashion, James sets his trap and then springs it! 8 But no man can tame the tongue. Brian Bell - “Open your mouth & say ahhh!” - a doctor often looks behind the tongue. (Pr 18:21) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. Many Churches have been infiltrated with the doctrines of Hell. "By wise guidance thou shalt make thy war" (Proverbs 24:6). NJB  James 3:14 But if at heart you have the bitterness of jealousy, or selfish ambition, do not be boastful or hide the truth with lies; GWN  James 3:14 But if you are bitterly jealous and filled with self-centered ambition, don't brag. (Norman Geisler - When Cultists Ask), He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. On one hand our tongue can praise God, speaking a good word about Him. But as they worked on their paintings and a woodcarving of the Last Supper, one of the POWs later recalled, “A spontaneous stream of good feelings began almost at once to flow among us.” No one spoke of the war or the past because “we were here for a work of peace and love.”. (James 2:15-16+) God's wisdom motivates us to build up rather than tear down. Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart. James here refers to that which is learned from our fellowmen. to subdue or conquer, Id. The idea is that our mercy is not all talk but includes action demonstrating the reality of our claim to be merciful, and in this way is similar to the dynamic in James 2:14-26 where James says genuine faith is authenticated by good works, practical good deeds. A bit in a horse’s mouth can turn the animal to the right or to the left (v.3). Bless (present imperative - Need for the Holy Spirit) those who persecute you; bless (present imperative - Need for the Holy Spirit) and do not curse (present imperative with a negative). (Ibid). The classic example is the supernatural fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23+). A ship’s rudder can steer a huge vessel in a raging storm (v.4). When words become weapons, our relationships soon become casualties. BDAG - "pertaining to being conducive to a harmonious relationship." Amplified If we set bits in the horses’ mouths to make them obey us, we can turn their whole bodies about. Why, indeed! Always, only, for my King. (Lk 6:36+), Recall that James had earlier alluded to the virtue of mercy in writing that "judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment." Their tongues are loaded with lies. Remember, if God takes our words seriously, so should we. No good tongue yields both words of blessing and words of cursing. Selah. Won't hurt and carelessly offend; Our old “tongue” must go away. A. Motyer, Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God’s holiness and sovereignty … acknowledging our own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours. Frederick W. Faber, The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart. —James 3:6. 10:5). The wisdom that is from above is . Along with its lion friends, the striped beauty went through its routine in meek subjection. It can curse or cajole. James warns that such so-called “wisdom” is not from God, but rather is earthly and unspiritual (v. 15). (Zodhiates) Paul writes, I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. The person with godly wisdom is not "playing the part." In short godly wisdom is sincere, so that what you see is what you get! The butcher overheard them and assumed she wanted to purchase two cow tongues. Notice that "zeal" is related to fire (to be hot, to boil), so if the fire (zeal) burns under control, the results are good and God honoring. Former US President Harry Truman had a rule: Any letters written in anger had to sit on his desk for 24 hours before they could be mailed. This is hypocrisy. Jesus taught in Matthew 12:34-37 that a man’s words are a reliable indicator of the state of his heart. - "Do nothing from selfishness (eritheia) or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves." Quickly navigate to any verse and easily access tools to help further your understanding of the Bible. He said that with the tongue we bless our God who created us, but we also curse those whom He has created (v.9). Wuest translates psuchikos as "unspiritual" with this amplification - "having to do with the natural, physical existence as over against the spiritual world of the supernatural." Phillips  And the wise are peace-makers who go on quietly sowing for a harvest of righteousness - in other people and in themselves. Within days of their miraculous deliverance, they were complaining (Ex. When the two trainers pulled the rope so that it was six feet above the surface, the second whale broke the water and jumped the mpe. By listening to the advice: "Assert yourself," "Go for it," "Set high goals," we can be drawn into greed and destructive competitiveness. A joyous word may light the day. Actions don’t always speak louder than words—your tongue can undo everything you do. GWN  James 3:13 Do any of you have wisdom and insight? "He that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel" (Proverbs 12:15). It follows that only believers can truly tame their tongue. A change of heart is needed when our words of blessing are waning. (Ibid). In company, guard your tongue—in solitude, your thoughts. And prove Thy good and perfect will. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible, one-volume abridgement of the massive six-volume Commentary. Here the is used of the gushing forth of water. Existing upon the earth. If the heart is filled with hatred, Satan will light the fire. BBE  James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire; it is the power of evil placed in our bodies, making all the body unclean, putting the wheel of life on fire, and getting its fire from hell. If it bites you, you take two steps and die (BUT SEE NOTE). ~ You don't know all the details, but to have something to talk about, you fill in your own. Amen. When eulogeo is used by men toward men it means to speak well of with praise and thanksgiving (English "Eulogy" = an address in praise for one deceased ). (Lectures Exegetical and Practical on the Epistle of James), The true test of wisdom is works, not words. 20:10), and, for so doing, God kept him out of the Promised Land. There is a kind of depraved wisdom which seduces men and women away from their loyalty to God. His poor family finds it so; he is such a churl, such a railer at and so unreasonable with his servants, that they neither know how to do for or speak to him. 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