james 3 nkjv commentary

J. Armitage Robinson, The desire of appearing to be wise often prevents our becoming so. Do not be arrogant...lie - James issues two commands both present imperative with a negative, which means stop an action already in progress or do not let it begin. Mitton aptly calls this "an ascending scale of wickedness! These pictures make me want to cry out to the Holy Spirit to make Psalm 141:3 my continual protection! A ship’s rudder can steer a huge vessel in a raging storm (v.4). That’s surprising, because we normally equate wisdom with something good. •. Besides, good men are ashamed of him; they can neither call him brother, nor friend; the very naming of him among them makes them blush, if they know him. you may be sure of it; remember the proverb, "They say and do not." It is impossible to find an English word to translate this quality. The characteristics of the water reflect the nature of the rock. It is human nature to speak of FAULTS rather than VIRTUES. NKJV, Ancient-Modern Bible, Comfort Print: One faith. (1 Timothy 4:1-5), For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: J. It has been a best seller ever since. Charles Spurgeon: 5 … "The man that heareth shall speak so as to endure" (Proverbs 21:28). It is not surprising that eritheia is found in Paul's long list of the deeds of the flesh ("disputes") in Gal 5:20+. In its only pre-New Testament occurrences (in Aristotle), eritheia  refers to the selfish ambition, the narrow partisan zeal of factional, greedy politicians, so this word may also convey the notion of rivalry, party-spirit, or factiousness. Others can’t help but notice when we honor God with what we say—or don’t say. NKJ  James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.     With never a word left out, How many times has some malicious person injected a bit of poison into the conversation, hoping it would spread and finally get to the person he or she wanted to hurt? 19:29; Jn. To gracious people? NET = "the fruit that consists of righteousness" The NET Note adds that this refers to "the fruit of righteousness,” meaning righteous living as a fruit, as the thing produced." The tongue sets our lives on fire, and is itself set on fire from hell. In addition, if we deceptively think we can do this in our own strength, we end up putting a burden on ourselves, in effect falling into the subtle trap of legalism. Full (3324)(mestos) signifies full up, full to the utmost, "stuffed". According to James, even greater havoc and loss can be created in human relationships for similar reasons (3:14-16). I expect the students to learn from their errors and avoid them the next time. He talks of prayer, of repentance, of faith, and of the new birth; but he knows but only to talk of them. KJV  James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? "He kisseth the lips Who giveth a right answer" (Proverbs 24:26). 1:7; Mic. ASV  James 3:14 But if ye have bitter jealousy and faction in your heart, glory not and lie not against the truth. Charles Spurgeon: 5 books in a single file. James used prautes earlier to describe "teachability", "Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility (prautes) receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls." What Do You Do with a Broken Relationship? (Matt. (b) In Christian thought, eleos means mercy which produces good fruits, that is, which results in practical help. (ED: Augustine makes a great point - no man can naturally tame their tongue, but the Holy Spirit can supernaturally "tame" our tongue. It can criticize and complain. 7:26 = I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets; Isa. Where the spirit does not rule, the soul—that is, as we have seen, the mental and emotional nature in so far as it is occupied with the world open to the senses—tends to become ever more and more subject to the lowest element of our constitution, the appetites of the body. Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness. He alone is worthy and is able to give us victory. NET  James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? A sharp tongue is no evidence of a keen mind. Regrettably, out of the same mouth that blesses can come words of cursing. Bitterness sours our speech. Some troubles come from wanting to have our own way; others come from being allowed to have it. 9:10), the righteousness "which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God" (Phil. James gave us another word picture about words when he said, “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. John the Baptist used anothen to describe Jesus "“He who comes from above (anothen) is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. Instead, he imagined what it must do for a church to put such unselfishness at the heart of everything it did! Christian: At this Christian modestly smiled, and said: This man, with whom you are so taken, will beguile, with that tongue of his, twenty of them that know him not. No one (oudeis) means absolutely no one (absolutely no exceptions) in reliance on his or her own natural power. All rights reserved), Lord, cleanse our hearts so what we speak Instead of being helpful, they are destructive. NKJ  James 3:15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. ‘Sensual’ and ‘animal’ suggest too exclusively the action of the very lowest propensities of our nature, though, as we have seen, the tendency of the ‘soul,’ when ungoverned by the ‘spirit,’ is steadily towards subjection to these. But apart from Christ there is no wisdom. -- Psalm 141:3 Morgan thought that investing was respectable but that gambling was a sin. A passage in the Bible actually seems to call such attitudes wise. Anothen can speak of place or time (from the beginning). James 3:13 shows the practical aspect of wisdom by describing the one who is wise (godly wisdom) as demonstrating he is wise by his good behavior. How shall we then wish to see each day marked with usefulness! (Ibid). We’re either growing sweeter and wiser as the days go by, or we’re growing into foolish or even sour-faced curmudgeons. Over the years we’ve been able to train Gentle Ben, Lassie, Flipper, Shamu, even Barney! The NKJV was commissioned in 1975 by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Hiebert on behavior - His winsome daily conduct should demonstrate his possession of the needed practical insight and understanding to deal with the daily problems of life. All rights reserved). Sometimes, however, we have three constituent elements mentioned or alluded to—the body, soul, and spirit (ED: See Dichotomy versus Trichotomy). The first produces jealousy, faction, confusion. The tongue is the sum total of iniquity/sin, where "sum total" is defined as the whole amount of something taken into consideration, especially that which cannot be calculated numerically. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. Neither can salt water yield fresh. Once this peace has been established through a vertical relationship between the believer and God, the believer will then have a basis on which to establish peaceful horizontal relationships with his fellowmen. "He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life" (Proverbs 13:3). 5:8) - James is reminding his readers the problem is not external but internal. Because “God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Cor. He later admonished them, "Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise" (Eph 5:15). And, being ‘earthly,’ it is ‘sensual.’ (NATURAL) The word so translated occurs in the New Testament several times, but is rendered ‘sensual’ only here and in a verse in Jude, where ‘mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts,’ (Jude 1:18+) are described as ‘worldly-minded (psuchikos), devoid of the Spirit’ (Jude 1:19+). C. H. Spurgeon, The word of a man is as powerful as himself. It was important that the water from it continued to be fresh and usable. Thus the argument of James runs: Now you have stated to the world that you are wise, that you possess wisdom, namely, Jesus Christ and His Spirit. My grandmother didn’t realize it until she got home. Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water. ")., and in the statement in the second chapter of the same epistle, that ‘a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God (1 Cor 2:14+). J. I. Packer, The kind of wisdom that God waits to give to those who ask him is a wisdom that will bind us to himself. Ought (5534)(chre from chreia = need, necessity) is an impersonal verb meaning it is necessary, it needs to be, that which must be, that which should happen (with the implication of propriety). And while James does not say anything about smoke, obviously fire is always accompanied by smoke and if you have every had a house fire that you were able to put out, you were still left with the ruinous effects of the smoke, so that everything smelled like smoke. Reprinted by permission. EXCUSES and DEFENDS SIN in justifying itself. The father bowed his head and led the children in the blessing. "Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth… " (Proverbs 3:19,20). Words have the potential to kill relationships, paralyze love, poison minds, destroy faith, stain purity and deface reputations. The impossibility of this occurring should cause believers to realize how vital it is to learn to submit our tongue to the control of the Spirit. 15:19-20)." James is echoing his half-brother Jesus Who taught "It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles (koinoo in the present tense) the man.” (Mt 15:11, see also Mt 15:18-20, Mt 12:34, 35, cf Mk 7:15). d If anyone does not stumble in word, e he is a 1 perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. "A fool uttereth all his anger; But a wise man keepeth it back and stilleth it" (Proverbs 29:11). If you do service for the glory of God, you won't get offended if you don't get recognized or patted on the back. (Php 4:8+). Thomas Brooks, A word spoken is physically transient but morally permanent. They cited our differing abilities, appear­ances, and environments. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! Our old sinful nature opposes our new life in Christ. He was able to watch Him over the course of His entire life, and so he knew the mind of Christ exceedingly well. From above (509)(anothen from ano = above, upward, up + suffix "-then" = from) literally means from above with a secondary meaning of again. Faithful: Now did Faithful begin to wonder; and stepping to Christian, (for he walked all this while by himself), he said to him, (but softly), What a brave companion have we got! ASV  James 3:11 Doth the fountain send forth from the same opening sweet water and bitter? The  Bible recognizes that communication, a central component  of  our  lives, needs to be monitored with great care. "James reminds his readers that "no loud and pretentious claim to the possession of 'wisdom' could avail while 'out of the heart proceeded evil things.'" The message is the heart of the messenger. (Faith, Love & Hope: An Exposition of the Epistle of James). And so lie against the truth - This is an interesting statement because most lies are "against the truth." (Mt 5:9+), Make (present tense)(4160)(poieo) means "to do" which focuses more on the end/achievement of the action. (Ps 58:3-4), Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit. The new believer was surprised. But Christian wisdom is based on Christian certainties which come to us from God through Jesus Christ." 2. As we bring others down, we gain the illusion that we are moving upward. And on more than one occasion, as my Sunday school teacher, he made degrading comments about the pastor and others in the church. 2:19 = it is evil and bitter For you to forsake the LORD your God ; Jer. THOUGHT - Given that wisdom is from the heart and mind of our Heavenly Father, and is good and is perfect, we would all do well to frequent plead with God modeling our prayer on James 1:5+ "if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask (aiteo in the present tense - continually, as our habitual practice!) NLT  James 3:12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? 1:29; Rom. $1.52 . That’s what caused Lucifer to fall from heaven (Isaiah 14:12), and Adam and Eve to lose their innocence in Eden (Genesis 3:6). What do you allow into your mind? Of course not! Unless we douse it with confes­sion and repentance, it will eventually consume us. We expect the fountain to flow with sweet water at all times, and we expect the fig tree to bear figs and the olive tree to bear olives. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. James here refers to that which is learned from our fellowmen. It is "to know how to do, to be able to do, to be capable of doing. —D C Egner (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. . Ellen G. White. —Branon. - The rhetorical question expects a strong negative reply. The “image” was that Godlike part of us that we never lost in the Fall, while the “likeness” was that Godlike part of human being that we have yet to acquire. The tongue is but three inches long, yet it can kill a man six feet high. A man attended a meeting where the guest lecturer was extremely long-winded. This first vice usually accompanies the second: selfish ambition. The men who were invited to these meetings prepared the guidelines for the NKJV. 18:25; 1 Sa 15:32 = Surely the bitterness of death is past. 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