It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away: James asked us to consider the fragility of human life, and the fact that we live and move only at the permission of God. So we. speaketh evil of the law--for the law in commanding, "Love thy neighbor as thyself" ( James 2:8 ), virtually condemns evil-speaking and judging [ESTIUS]. 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). Contrast James 4:4 . When we have proper humility before God, it just isn’t within us to arrogantly judge our brother. . ii. . the humble--the unenvious, uncovetous, and unambitious as to the world. ALFORD rightly takes the "law" to be the old moral law applied in its comprehensive spiritual fulness by Christ: "the law of liberty." 15. The book of James is about what it means for a Christian to live a life of complete trust in God. . We need 2 cookies to store this setting. i. . None but the clean-handed can ascend into the hill of the Lord (justified through Christ, who alone was perfectly so, and as such "ascended" thither). The uncertainty of life should make us ready to recognize what is, . If ye prayed aright, all your pro. (Arabic) تفاسير – اللغة العربية. 1. The wisdom of the world says that to be successful, we must do whatever it takes to get what we want out of life. Drawing near to God helps us to resist the devil. The best authorities have a second "whence" before "fightings." James replies, It is not enough to ask for good things, but we must ask with a good spirit and intention. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills (1 Corinthians 4:19). Symbolically, adultery is used to express unfaithfulness to God, and we can easily see this in Israel's idolatry.God is represented as the husband of His people. James 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. If ye prayed, there would be no "wars and fightings." : At the same time, James reminds us that this. To what scripture is this reference pointing to? Cleanse . By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. 2. James 4:1-7 New International Version (NIV) Submit Yourselves to God. Instead, James simply challenges individual Christians to deal with Satan as a conquered foe who can and must be personally resisted. Version. In the midst of a powerful section of the book of James, who was the biological brother of Jesus and the leader of the church in Jerusalem after Peter left on his missionary journeys, this verse has universal application. but a judge--Setting aside the Christian brotherhood as all alike called to be doers of the law, in subjection to it, such a one arrogates the office of a judge. continue . In your members— Here is the first seat of the war. Bible Language English. This city here. To him it is sin: Jesus told a story with much the same point in Luke 12:41-48. Is it. buy and sell--Their plans for the future are all worldly. “However high and orthodox our view of God’s law might be, a failure actually to do it says to the world that we do not in fact put much store by it.” (Moo), ii. Lament and mourn and weep! Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” Explanation and Commentary of James 4:10. spirit that dwelleth in us--Other manuscripts read, "that God hath made to dwell in us" (namely, at Pentecost). Knowing that life is short, we must be diligent and energetic about the common duties of everyday life. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. This is an extension of the same humility that James writes about in this chapter. brethren--implying the inconsistency of such depreciatory speaking of one another in brethren. a. This attitude that James challenged goes far beyond making wise plans for the future. Cancel. When we have proper humility before God, it just isn’t within us to arrogantly judge our brother. History & Culture - James wrote to exiled and “scattered” Jewish believers (v.1) under persecution and social/religious oppression since Stephen’s martyrdom a short time earlier. “It is self-evident that the Spirit of God does not create desire which issues in envying.” (Morgan), Your desires for pleasure that war in your members, i. . iii. Compare 1 John 2:15 , "love . i. Here James returned to his consistent theme through his letter: the idea that genuine faith is proved by action. Its popularity peaked during the Baby Boom (Census records 1940–1960), when it was the most popular name for baby boys. enmity--not merely "inimical"; a state of enmity, and that enmity itself. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? For what is your life? Ye adulterers and adulteresses — Who have broken your faith with God, your rightful spouse. This means to order yourself under God, to surrender to Him as a conquering King, and start receiving the benefits of His reign. . a year--rather, "spend one year." i. Paul knew and lived this principle: I will return again to you, God willing (Acts 18:21). Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. “If he were a tyrant it might be courageous to resist, but since he is a Father it is ungrateful to rebel.” (Spurgeon) Instead, Spurgeon (in another sermon) suggested reasons why we should. The exhortation to the worldly (James 4:7–12) 1. But James used the phrase. NKJV - 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 4:10 Humble yourselves in … ye that say--boasting of the morrow. Some of them are supposed to say in objection, But we do "ask" (pray); compare James 4:2 . This is something that we have no authority to do, because there is one Lawgiver – so who are you to judge another? Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. 3. James 1:4. Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. will convict the Christian who lives in compromise. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Go to now--"Come now"; said to excite attention. Even believers' prayers are often best answered when their desires are most opposed. 1. whence--The cause of quarrels is often sought in external circumstances, whereas internal lusts are the true origin. https://www.lifeway.com/en/articles/sermon-why-we-fight-conflict- It is no good to submit to God’s authority and to resist the devil’s attack and then fail to. “This uncertainty of life is not a cause either for fear or inaction. The petition of the lustful, murderous, and contentious is not recognized by God as prayer. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. . 2. James 4:4. have not — The lust of desire does not ensure the actual possession. It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. “Notice, that these people, while they thought everything was at their disposal, used everything for worldly objects. Oh, no, there was not a word about God in it, from beginning to end!” (Spurgeon), iv. i. Their language implies that when this one year is out, they purpose similarly settling plans for to come [BENGEL]. First, it breaks the royal law that we should love one another. . Literally, "instead of your saying," &c. This refers to "ye that say" ( James 4:13 ). purify . The language is taken from warfare. Not probably in the case of professing Christians of that day in a literal sense, but "kill and envy" (as the Greek for "desire to have" should be translated), that is, harass and oppress through envy [DRUSIUS]. 12. heaviness--literally, "falling of the countenance," casting down of the eyes. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In the previous verses, James has been blunt: His readers have been living according to worldly wisdom. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. among Christians is always the same. I know not what there is that is too little to slay the greatest king. “This was the custom of those ancient times; they traded from city to city, carrying their goods on the backs of camels. Hence "ye kill" (not as Margin, without any old authority, "envy") to ensure possession. Clarify • Share • Report • Asked April 07 2015 • Anonymous 10. in the sight of the Lord--as continually in the presence of Him who alone is worthy to be exalted: recognizing His presence in all your ways, the truest incentive to humility. lusts--literally, "pleasures," that is, the lusts which prompt you to "desire" whence you seek self at the cost of your neighbor, and hence flow "fightings." But grace will not deal with me on the basis of anything in me – good or bad – but only on the basis of who God is. “However high and orthodox our view of God’s law might be, a failure actually to do it says to the world that we do not, ii. Think of the inner pain and torture inside the person who is betrayed by an unfaithful spouse; who must reckon with the truth. Yet we also see that the uncertainty of life, to which James referred to in the previous passage, should not create fear that makes one passive or inactive. Part of the reason for this is that James is like Proverbs in that many of its verses really stand alone in their content. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. The "double-minded" is at fault in heart; the sinner in his hands likewise. ii. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. that war--"campaign, as an army of soldiers encamped within" [ALFORD] the soul; tumultuously war against the interests of your fellow men, while lusting to advance self. Did they determine with each other ‘We will to-day or to-morrow do such and such a thing for the glory of God, and for the extension of his kingdom’? You who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”: James rebuked the kind of heart that lives and makes its plans apart from a constant awareness of the hand of God, and with an underestimation of our own limitations (you do not know what will happen tomorrow). This sin is wrong for two reasons. But while warring thus against others they (without his knowledge) war against the soul of the man himself, and against the Spirit; therefore they must be "mortified" by the Christian. This attitude that James challenged goes far beyond making wise plans for the future. and then vanisheth away--"afterwards vanishing as it came"; literally, "afterwards (as it appeared), so vanishing" [ALFORD]. . is startling and meant to startle; James sought to force his readers to realize the depth of the evil in their bitter hatred toward others.” (Hiebert), . Is this a quote from the Old Testament or referring to something else in the New Testament? 14. what--literally, "of what nature" is your life? Click on the different category headings to find out more. b. The story was about servants and how they obeyed the master in the master’s absence. As we, i. Who are you to judge another? the world--in so far as the men of it and their motives and acts are aliens to God, for example, its selfish "lusts" ( James 4:3 ), and covetous and ambitious "wars and fightings" ( James 4:1 ). i. he will draw nigh--propitious. he--God. The. Translate, "There is One (alone) who is (at once) Lawgiver and Judge, (namely) He who is able to save and destroy." James 4:2 "Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not." of Thus this last clause is an answer to the question, James 4:1 , "Whence come wars and fightings?". (11-12) The solutions for strife: get right with other people. hearts--literally "make chaste" of your spiritual adultery ( James 4:4 , that is, worldliness) "your hearts": the inward source of all impurity. To-day or to-morrow--as if ye had the free choice of either day as a certainty. Grace and pride are eternal enemies. rejoice in . Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? Following this worldliness was the cause of fights among James's Christian readers. 13. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Such a.one acts as though the law could not perform its own office of judging, but he must fly upon the office [BENGEL]. How rashly arrogant in judging thy fellows, and wresting from God the office which belongs to Him over thee and THEM alike! who art thou, &c.--The order in the Greek is emphatic, "But (inserted in oldest manuscripts) thou, who art thou that judgest another?" i. AGAINST FIGHTINGS AND THEIR SOURCE; WORLDLY LUSTS; UNCHARITABLE JUDGMENTS, AND PRESUMPTUOUS RECKONING ON THE FUTURE. What does James 1:4 mean when it says, "You will be perfect and complete, needing nothing"? We should submit to God because such submission is absolutely necessary to salvation. 4:1-10 Since all wars and fightings come from the corruptions of our own hearts, it is right to mortify those lusts that war in the members. : Humbling ourselves and getting right with God, He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law, : When we judge our brother, we put ourselves in the same place as the law, in effect judging the law. In English Version the sense is, "the (natural) spirit that hath its dwelling in us lusts with (literally, 'to,' or 'towards') envy." Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. he saith--The same God who causes His spirit to dwell in believers ( James 4:5 ), by the Spirit also speaks in Scripture. Faith, humble prayers, and heavenly wisdom, are the weapons of resistance. Ye lust--A different Greek word from that in James 4:1 . Do not speak evil of one another: Humbling ourselves and getting right with God must result in our getting right with other people. Nothing more injures the soul than wasted impressions. Contrast James 1:5 with Matthew 6:31 Matthew 6:32 . is the essence of sin: a proud independence, the root of all sin, as was the case with Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12-15) and Adam (Genesis 3:5-7). . "Ye desire"; literally, "ye set your mind (or heart) on " an object. 5. in vain--No word of Scripture can be so. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. You can check these in your browser security settings. He longs that they live a life that is pleasing to God. 11. As an apprentice you are very dilatory and neglectful, and your master would be glad to see the back of you; he wishes that he could burn your indentures; and yet you have an idea you are going to be a missionary, I believe? resisteth--literally, "setteth Himself in array against"; even as they, like Pharaoh, set themselves against Him. A blessed mourning. Significantly, James does not recommend that demons should be cast out of believers by a third party. It is always a reason for realizing our complete dependence on God.” (Moffatt). What is the context and meaning? The friendship of the world tends to breed envy; the Spirit produces very different fruit. This is an extension of the same humility that James writes about in this chapter. God repays sinners in their own coin. It is a marvel that man lives at all.” (Spurgeon), iv. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. The former expresses, "Ye yourselves are transitory"; so everything of yours, even your life, must partake of the same transitoriness. ii. 4. This is the last mention of the law in the New Testament. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. “It is sinful to neglect the common duties of life, under the idea that we shall do something more by-and-by. (1-3) Reasons for strife in the Christian community. , “James speaks in terms of the Hebrew prophets’ language about the anguish of repentance.” (Moffatt), Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up, : As we come as sinners before the holy God (not as self righteous religionists, as Jesus explained in Luke 18:10-14), we appropriately, i. Twentieth century belongs to him actual possession, even if we pray, not a doer out civil courts judges. 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