> Bible Studies >> James Studies >> James 4:11-17 These small group studies of James contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. will convict the Christian who lives in compromise. Resist . 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.–James 4:7-8 James delivers these three concise instructions straight from the Lord Jesus, each one crafted to equip us for living a successful Christian life this very day, and every day … hearts--literally "make chaste" of your spiritual adultery ( James 4:4 , that is, worldliness) "your hearts": the inward source of all impurity. "Fightings" are the active carrying on of "wars." James does not discourage us from planning and doing, only from planning and doing. In the United States, James was one of the five most common given names for male babies for most of the twentieth century. Not only is it a life of conflict, but it is also a fundamentally, iii. we shall live--The best manuscripts read, "We shall both live and do," &c. The boasters spoke as if life, action, and the particular kind of action were in their power, whereas all three depend entirely on the will of the Lord. So we must not speak evil of one another and not judge our brother. Others read, "To-day and to-morrow." Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. In using terms like lament and mourn and weep, “James speaks in terms of the Hebrew prophets’ language about the anguish of repentance.” (Moffatt). All such boasting is evil. – stands in strong contrast to the previous words. It is a marvel that man lives at all.” (Spurgeon), iv. . Here James returned to his consistent theme through his letter: the idea that genuine faith is proved by action. Knowing that life is short, we must be diligent and energetic about the common duties of everyday life. spirit that dwelleth in us--Other manuscripts read, "that God hath made to dwell in us" (namely, at Pentecost). Ezekiel 16:15-59 gives a graphic description of Israel's spiritual adultery, and Hosea 1:1-2 shows the same symbolism in Hosea's marriage. Its popularity peaked during the Baby Boom (Census records 1940–1960), when it was the most popular name for baby boys. James 4:2 – You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. God--so ye shall be among "the humble," James 4:6 ; also 4:10 , 1 Peter 5:6 . 16. now--as it is. b. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. The friendship of the world tends to breed envy; the Spirit produces very different fruit. He longs that they live a life that is pleasing to God. Significantly, James does not recommend that demons should be cast out of believers by a third party. Drawing near to God helps us to think of eternal things. There is some root of carnality, an internal, within the believer regarding the lusts of the flesh. This helps us to rationally understand the folly of living life after the lusts of the world and our animal appetites. This is something that we have no authority to do, because there is one Lawgiver – so who are you to judge another? Following this worldliness was the cause of fights among James's Christian readers. 4. In 1 Peter 5:6 , it is, Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, namely, in His dealings of Providence: a distinct thought from that here. James is one of the most common male names in the English-speaking world. Knowing that life is short, we must be diligent and energetic about the common duties of everyday life. 2. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. If ye prayed, there would be no "wars and fightings." a. . and then vanisheth away--"afterwards vanishing as it came"; literally, "afterwards (as it appeared), so vanishing" [ALFORD]. This city here. Translate, "There is One (alone) who is (at once) Lawgiver and Judge, (namely) He who is able to save and destroy." . Warfare James 4:1-10 . In Hebrew it is "scorneth the scorners," namely, those who think "Scripture speaketh in vain." The statement of the basic demand (James 4:7) 2 My brothers, 1 w show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, x the Lord of glory. "Ye desire"; literally, "ye set your mind (or heart) on " an object. Who are you to judge another? 9. . Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. You are tempted to fulfill a sinful desire because you think (or hope) that it may be, Yet you do not have because you do not ask, : The reason these destructive desires exist among Christians is because they do not seek God for their needs (, ). Is this a quote from the Old Testament or referring to something else in the New Testament? Bible Language English. Pride demands that God bless me in light of my merits, whether real or imagined. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? James 4:4. of Chapter 4 builds on the end of chapter 3, where James described the self-seeking wisdom of the world. As we draw near to God, we will be convicted of our sin. Blessed is the man, who like Paul, has learned the secret of godly contentment. Drawing near to God helps us to become pure. 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. 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), . Destructive desires persist, even if we pray, because our prayers may be self-centered and self-indulgent. come they not, &c.--an appeal to their consciences. Compare Zechariah 11:5 , "slay"; through envy, hate, and desire to get out of your way, and so are "murderers" in God's eyes [ESTIUS]. James does not discourage us from planning and doing, only from planning and doing apart from reliance on God. Whether he succeed or not, if his wish be to be the friend of the world, he renders himself, becomes (so the Greek for "is") by the very fact, "the enemy of God." if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer . Hiebert goes on to add that "When the first part of Jas 4:5 is accepted as a separate question, by (his use of the phrase) the Scripture James is seen to refer to the teaching of the Scriptures as a whole, which supports the truth already declared in Jas 4:4, that man cannot love both God and the world at the same time. 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. i. James used a powerful word in the phrase. another--The oldest authorities read, "thy neighbor.". He is writing words of encouragement in the trials and temptations that they are facing. Lament and mourn and weep! b. As we, i. “It is sinful to neglect the common duties of life, under the idea that we shall do something more by-and-by. 14. what--literally, "of what nature" is your life? Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. or shadow was a frequent figure of speech in the Old Testament (Psalm 102:11; Job 8:9; 1 Chronicles 29:15). “The word used for sinner is hamartolos, which means the hardened sinner, the man whose sin is obvious and notorious.” (Barclay), ii. 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? We also remember the story Jesus told about the rich man who made his great plans for the future, and foolishly lost it all when his soul was required of him (Luke 12:16-21). James had in mind actual murder and the gamut of sins (hate, anger, bitterness), leading up to it. Faith, humble prayers, and heavenly wisdom, are the weapons of resistance. : Jesus told a story with much the same point in Luke 12:41-48. 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. 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. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. The members are the first seat of war; thence it passes to conflict between man and man, nation and nation. rejoice in . 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). That you may consume it upon your lusts - Margin, “pleasures.” This is the same word which is used in James 4:1, and rendered lusts. "Resist," stand bravely against. As we draw near to God, we will be convicted of our sin. 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." The reference is to sensual gratifications, and the word would include all that comes under the name of sensual pleasure, or carnal appetite. He also desires that they not only know - but reflect the godly character of Christ in their daily lives, while giving them some severe warnings against ungodly living. 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]. a. is the same verb used to describe the wasteful spending of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:14. To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin: James knows that it is far easier to think about and talk about humility and dependence on God than it is to live it. “This uncertainty of life is not a cause either for fear or inaction. Such a.one acts as though the law could not perform its own office of judging, but he must fly upon the office [BENGEL]. The. i. have not — The lust of desire does not ensure the actual possession. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. h. 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 humble ourselves before Him. “Kill”, here meaning murder, is the ultimate result of thwarted desires. ye have not, because ye ask not--God promises to those who pray, not to those who fight. the love of the Father." 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ye that say--boasting of the morrow. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. a year--rather, "spend one year." Go to now--"Come now"; said to excite attention. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. Implying, God alone is Lawgiver and therefore Judge, since it is He alone who can execute His judgments; our inability in this respect shows our presumption in trying to act as judges, as though we were God. James replies, It is not enough to ask for good things, but we must ask with a good spirit and intention. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Those who superciliously condemn the acts and words of others which do not please themselves, thus aiming at the reputation of sanctity, put their own moroseness in the place of the law, and claim to themselves a power of censuring above the law of God, condemning what the law permits [CALVIN]. Nothing more injures the soul than wasted impressions. The Sin of Partiality. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Contrast Isaiah 22:12 Isaiah 22:13 , Luke 6:25 . Hence proceeds the war of man with man, king with king, nation with nation. Drawing near to God helps us to speak well of other people. “They might easily observe that many things fall out betwixt the cup and the lip, betwixt the chin and the chalice.” (Trapp), iii. James 4:10 Humble yourselves in … 5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? “All such boasting, when life is so precarious, is worse than absurd, it is wicked, a positive sin, a specimen of the ungodly haughtiness (James 4:6) of which men should repent.” (Moffatt), iii. Received text has no old authority. (11-12) The solutions for strife: get right with other people. . James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. James seemed to present an idea that is alluded to in several passages without quoting any specific passage. It is always a reason for realizing our complete dependence on God.” (Moffatt). What did they say? We may request cookies to be set on your device. So we. Is it. The oldest manuscripts omit "adulterers and," and read simply, "Ye adulteresses." * The meaning of this saying is difficult because the author of James cites, probably from memory, a passage that is not in any extant manuscript of the Bible. It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. James reminds us here of the great power of prayer, and why one may live unnecessarily as a spiritual pauper, simply because they do not pray, or do not, You ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. The "double-minded" is at fault in heart; the sinner in his hands likewise. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Tweet. "Ye desire"; literally, "ye set your mind (or heart) on" an object. “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. Click on the different category headings to find out more. He indirectly alludes to these. James 4:4. The story was about servants and how they obeyed the master in the master’s absence. Better ancient Greek manuscripts only say, was probably from an early scribe who thought James meant literal sexual adultery and didn’t want to exclude men from the rebuke. This is something that we have no authority to do, because, i. (1-3) Reasons for strife in the Christian community. The wisdom of the world says that to be successful, we must do whatever it takes to get what we want out of life. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In the previous verses, James has been blunt: His readers have been living according to worldly wisdom. . For it is a promise of God, not a mere assurance from man to man [ALFORD]. as appropriate under the conviction of sin, and we are compelled to find cleansing at the cross. James 1:4. rejoicing--boasting [BENGEL]. . Home >> Bible Studies >> James Studies >> James 4:11-17 These small group studies of James contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. will convict the Christian who lives in compromise. Resist . 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.–James 4:7-8 James delivers these three concise instructions straight from the Lord Jesus, each one crafted to equip us for living a successful Christian life this very day, and every day … hearts--literally "make chaste" of your spiritual adultery ( James 4:4 , that is, worldliness) "your hearts": the inward source of all impurity. "Fightings" are the active carrying on of "wars." James does not discourage us from planning and doing, only from planning and doing. In the United States, James was one of the five most common given names for male babies for most of the twentieth century. Not only is it a life of conflict, but it is also a fundamentally, iii. we shall live--The best manuscripts read, "We shall both live and do," &c. The boasters spoke as if life, action, and the particular kind of action were in their power, whereas all three depend entirely on the will of the Lord. So we must not speak evil of one another and not judge our brother. Others read, "To-day and to-morrow." Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. In using terms like lament and mourn and weep, “James speaks in terms of the Hebrew prophets’ language about the anguish of repentance.” (Moffatt). All such boasting is evil. – stands in strong contrast to the previous words. It is a marvel that man lives at all.” (Spurgeon), iv. . Here James returned to his consistent theme through his letter: the idea that genuine faith is proved by action. Knowing that life is short, we must be diligent and energetic about the common duties of everyday life. spirit that dwelleth in us--Other manuscripts read, "that God hath made to dwell in us" (namely, at Pentecost). Ezekiel 16:15-59 gives a graphic description of Israel's spiritual adultery, and Hosea 1:1-2 shows the same symbolism in Hosea's marriage. Its popularity peaked during the Baby Boom (Census records 1940–1960), when it was the most popular name for baby boys. James 4:2 – You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. God--so ye shall be among "the humble," James 4:6 ; also 4:10 , 1 Peter 5:6 . 16. now--as it is. b. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. The friendship of the world tends to breed envy; the Spirit produces very different fruit. He longs that they live a life that is pleasing to God. Significantly, James does not recommend that demons should be cast out of believers by a third party. Drawing near to God helps us to think of eternal things. There is some root of carnality, an internal, within the believer regarding the lusts of the flesh. This helps us to rationally understand the folly of living life after the lusts of the world and our animal appetites. This is something that we have no authority to do, because there is one Lawgiver – so who are you to judge another? Following this worldliness was the cause of fights among James's Christian readers. 4. In 1 Peter 5:6 , it is, Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, namely, in His dealings of Providence: a distinct thought from that here. James is one of the most common male names in the English-speaking world. Knowing that life is short, we must be diligent and energetic about the common duties of everyday life. 2. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. If ye prayed, there would be no "wars and fightings." a. . and then vanisheth away--"afterwards vanishing as it came"; literally, "afterwards (as it appeared), so vanishing" [ALFORD]. This city here. Translate, "There is One (alone) who is (at once) Lawgiver and Judge, (namely) He who is able to save and destroy." . Warfare James 4:1-10 . In Hebrew it is "scorneth the scorners," namely, those who think "Scripture speaketh in vain." The statement of the basic demand (James 4:7) 2 My brothers, 1 w show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, x the Lord of glory. "Ye desire"; literally, "ye set your mind (or heart) on " an object. Who are you to judge another? 9. . Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. You are tempted to fulfill a sinful desire because you think (or hope) that it may be, Yet you do not have because you do not ask, : The reason these destructive desires exist among Christians is because they do not seek God for their needs (, ). Is this a quote from the Old Testament or referring to something else in the New Testament? Bible Language English. Pride demands that God bless me in light of my merits, whether real or imagined. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? James 4:4. of Chapter 4 builds on the end of chapter 3, where James described the self-seeking wisdom of the world. As we draw near to God, we will be convicted of our sin. Blessed is the man, who like Paul, has learned the secret of godly contentment. Drawing near to God helps us to become pure. 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. 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), . Destructive desires persist, even if we pray, because our prayers may be self-centered and self-indulgent. come they not, &c.--an appeal to their consciences. Compare Zechariah 11:5 , "slay"; through envy, hate, and desire to get out of your way, and so are "murderers" in God's eyes [ESTIUS]. James does not discourage us from planning and doing, only from planning and doing apart from reliance on God. Whether he succeed or not, if his wish be to be the friend of the world, he renders himself, becomes (so the Greek for "is") by the very fact, "the enemy of God." if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer . Hiebert goes on to add that "When the first part of Jas 4:5 is accepted as a separate question, by (his use of the phrase) the Scripture James is seen to refer to the teaching of the Scriptures as a whole, which supports the truth already declared in Jas 4:4, that man cannot love both God and the world at the same time. 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. i. James used a powerful word in the phrase. another--The oldest authorities read, "thy neighbor.". He is writing words of encouragement in the trials and temptations that they are facing. Lament and mourn and weep! b. As we, i. “It is sinful to neglect the common duties of life, under the idea that we shall do something more by-and-by. 14. what--literally, "of what nature" is your life? Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. or shadow was a frequent figure of speech in the Old Testament (Psalm 102:11; Job 8:9; 1 Chronicles 29:15). “The word used for sinner is hamartolos, which means the hardened sinner, the man whose sin is obvious and notorious.” (Barclay), ii. 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? We also remember the story Jesus told about the rich man who made his great plans for the future, and foolishly lost it all when his soul was required of him (Luke 12:16-21). James had in mind actual murder and the gamut of sins (hate, anger, bitterness), leading up to it. Faith, humble prayers, and heavenly wisdom, are the weapons of resistance. : Jesus told a story with much the same point in Luke 12:41-48. 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. 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. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. The members are the first seat of war; thence it passes to conflict between man and man, nation and nation. rejoice in . 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). That you may consume it upon your lusts - Margin, “pleasures.” This is the same word which is used in James 4:1, and rendered lusts. "Resist," stand bravely against. As we draw near to God, we will be convicted of our sin. 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." The reference is to sensual gratifications, and the word would include all that comes under the name of sensual pleasure, or carnal appetite. He also desires that they not only know - but reflect the godly character of Christ in their daily lives, while giving them some severe warnings against ungodly living. 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]. a. is the same verb used to describe the wasteful spending of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:14. To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin: James knows that it is far easier to think about and talk about humility and dependence on God than it is to live it. “This uncertainty of life is not a cause either for fear or inaction. Such a.one acts as though the law could not perform its own office of judging, but he must fly upon the office [BENGEL]. The. i. have not — The lust of desire does not ensure the actual possession. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. h. 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 humble ourselves before Him. “Kill”, here meaning murder, is the ultimate result of thwarted desires. ye have not, because ye ask not--God promises to those who pray, not to those who fight. the love of the Father." 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