The grace of God monitors every temptation and ensures that we are never tempted beyond our abilities (1 Corinthians 10:13). whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Listening, Taking Action, and Avoiding Anger (James 1:19–21) Doers of the Word: Working for Those in Need (James 1:22–27) Discriminating Against the Poor and Currying Favor with the Rich (James 2:1–13) Faith and Work(s) (James 2:14–26) Taming the Tongue (James 3:1–12) Selfish Ambition and Submission to God (James 3:13–4:12) James 1:12 Commentary. I don"t really enjoy services, I don"t like talking to people, I really would rather not study the Bible, but I"m just going to force myself to do those things". This passage is also quoted in 1 Peter 5:5. God looks at things as they are; and hence he abhors and humbles this arrogant claim, Leviticus 26:19; Job 33:17; Psalm 59:12; Proverbs 8:13; Proverbs 16:18; Proverbs 29:13; Isaiah 23:9; Isaiah 28:1; Daniel 4:37; Zechariah 10:11. It so admires itself that it recognizes no need to be supplied. They were the humble, in contradistinction to the proud; and he states the fact that “God giveth more grace;” that is, that in some instances he confers more grace than in the cases referred to; to some he gives more grace to overcome their evil passions, and to subdue their corrupt inclinations, than he does to others. 2:25, 4:28; the quotation is also found in 1 Peter 5:5; taken with the preceding it teaches the divinity of the Holy Spirit. New Living Translation He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires. Sirach 10:7; Sirach 10:12; Sirach 10:18; Pss. The word used here indicates those who are humbled and trodden down by others who think that they are superior. More than enough grace is available to every Christian to match the attractions and allurements of the world. But gives grace. Greek. New King James But He gives more grace. James 4:6, ESV: "But he gives more grace.Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”" BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. These verses, 5, 6, witness in a striking way to the Christian doctrine of grace, and herein breathe a different spirit from that found in most of the Epistle.— ὁ θεὸς … χάριν: Cf. It so admires itself that it recognizes no need to be supplied. King James Version James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. (Calmet). James 2:18 - But someone may well say, 'You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.' 2 Corinthians 6. 16 For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work. James 4:6. μείζονα δὲ δίδωσιν χάριν: these words further emphasise the developed doctrine of the Spirit referred to above; they point to the nature of divine grace, which is almost illimitable. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy nevertheless [scripture] giveth more grace. 1879-90. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Wherefore the scripture saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.". Go to, But He gives a greater grace. James 1:3-4 Commentary. That is why Scripture says; ", "The Lord resisteth the proud; but He granteth favour to the humble. This may extend to anything; to beauty, or strength, or attainments, or family, or country, or equipage, or rank, or even religion. "but gives grace"-that is the grace just mentioned, this greater grace! From Acts 6:9, we learn that there were numerous synagogues in Jerusalem, representing different bodies, such as the descendants of Jewish freedmen at Rome, and the Alexandrian or Hellenistic Jews. Christians with that attitude end up failing, sinning and struggling. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". God accepts the challenge and arrays himself in battle against them" (Woods p. 222). If you make yourself a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God (James 4:1–5). The term is also often translated "and" which may be the better here. BibliographyPett, Peter. Some render it ‘greater than the world gives:’ others, ‘greater than the strength of depravity that exists within us.’ Perhaps the most correct meaning is: Just because the Spirit does not lust to envy; and yet there is a lust to envy in man: therefore, to overcome this lust, He giveth more grace. James does not discourage us from planning and doing, only from planning and doing apart from reliance on God. James 5 Resources. Compare Matthew 5:1-13. ", "but he gives us more grace? James 2:10-12 The guilt of any one breach of the law. "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". James 4:6. Is our attitude one of proud self-sufficiency? A man may be proud of anything that belongs to him, or which can in any way be construed as a part of himself, or as pertaining to him. God can work through providential means, the gospel message is extremely powerful (Romans 1:16), and the God whom they serve hears and answers their prayers (James 1:5). ", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. This does not, of course, apply to a correct estimate of ourselves, or to the mere knowledge that we may excel others. All between 3:13 and 4:6 is parenthetical. ", "Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? James 1:1 Commentary. In this usage of the sixth verse it relates back to the man of verse thirteen that is a wise man showing his works with meekness of wisdom in his life. Holman Bible Dictionary is linked to Easton's Bible Dictionary, Torrey's New Topical Textbook, Nave's Topical Bible, Smith's Bible Dictionary, the King James Dictionary, and Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary. The idea that our life was a vapor or shadow was a frequent figure of speech in the Old Testament (Psalm 102:11; Job 8:9; 1 Chronicles 29:15). Bibliography"Commentary on James 4:6". Taken together, James 4:5-6, Proverbs 23:6-7, and Romans 12:3 indicate that what a person thinks of himself is clearly important to God.We all have an image of ourselves that we carry about in our heart. i. James Nisbet's Church Pulpit Commentary. The Arabic version adds, "to us"; the Ethiopic version, "to you"; and the Syriac version reads the whole thus; "but our Lord gives more grace to us"; or "greater grace"; than the world can give, whose friendship is courted by men; the least measure of grace, of faith, and hope, and love, and of a spiritual knowledge of Christ, and interest in him, and of peace, joy, and comfort, is more worth than all the world, and everything in it: or greater grace, more favours than the saints are able to ask or think; so Solomon had more favours given him than he could think of asking for: or greater grace, and larger measures of it, even of spiritual light and knowledge, under the Gospel dispensation, than under the former dispensation; or where God bestows gifts qualifying for service and usefulness, and these are made use of and employed for such purposes, he gives more: or this may refer to internal grace wrought by the Spirit of God, in the hearts of his people; more of which he may be said to give, when he causes it to abound, as to its acts and exercises; when faith grows exceedingly, hope revives, and is lively, and abounds through his power and influence, and love to God and Christ, and one another, abounds yet more and more; when there is a growth in every grace, and in the knowledge of Christ Jesus, so that this grace becomes a well of living waters, springing up into eternal life, which at last will have its perfection in glory: wherefore he saith; either the Spirit that gives more grace, or the Scripture, or God in the Scripture, in Proverbs 3:34. But he giveth greater grace. 6. . They are not indeed to be found among the proud, whom God always resists; but they are to be found among the meek and the humble. Another passage of Scripture struck his mind, containing the truth that there was a class of men to whom God gave grace to restrain these passions, and to subdue these carnal propensities. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. I don"t really enjoy services, I don"t like talking to people, I really would rather not study the Bible, but I"m just going to force myself to do those things", Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, "But he gives greater grace. James 1 Resources. Because of this it... Study verse in the J.P. Green Literal Translation Neither has God left us at the mercy of the devil. 1859. Tomorrow, before you encounter the day, pray. James does not discourage us from planning and doing, only from planning and doing apart from reliance on God. It is footnoted that this is Proverbs 3:34 and the quote is poetry. "Commentary on James 4:6". regard the rich, and despise the poor. Wherefore he saith - The reference here is to Proverbs 3:34, “Surely he scorneth the scorners; but he giveth grace unto the lowly.” The quotation is made exactly from the Septuagint, which, though not entirely literal, expresses the sense of the Hebrew without essential inaccuracy.