james 3 nkjv commentary

Life Application Study Bible - James compares the damage the tongue can do to a raging fire....Idle and hateful words are damaging because they spread destruction quickly, and no one can stop the results once they are spoken. "The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable" (Proverbs 10:32). James is saying that the full range of iniquity finds an outlet through the tongue. Can he so live as to bear the fruits of iniquity instead of the fruits of righteousness? (Treasures from James), Hiebert - Since the reference seems to be to a religiously motivated feeling, "bitter zeal" or "harsh zeal" seems the best rendering. Hate explodes from the lips. "The mouth of the foolish is a present destruction" (Proverbs 10:14). Peace as a state of concord and harmony is the opposite of war. Is it any wonder that so many are filled worries, anxieties, fears, doubts, uncertainties, if their primary source of wisdom is the world! Of course the way to accomplish this unnatural response is by continual reliance on the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit (See Tongue Control). The tongue can suddenly turn an otherwise gentle person into a monster. When Eve was faced with her sin, she employed her tongue to blame the Evil One and his beguiling words. Doerksen says that it refers to a specialist, one possessing professional knowledge of a field (James, p.86). CSB  James 3:16 For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil. Most people have great difficulty admitting that they are bitter. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Selah. . It is used only here in James 3:15 and describes this wisdom as "demon-like" or "devilish" (of the devil). 9:47; Lk. He tears off the tissue of plausibilities (zeal for God’s glory, ardour on behalf of truth, and the like), in which an envenomed, arrogant, bigoted spirit often enwraps itself, and lays bare the moral deformity and defilement—‘bitter envying and strife.’ We have not here the pleasant ‘water of life’ (the image of the twelfth verse is perhaps still in the apostle’s mind), but ‘bitter waters’ of hatred. See the contrasting word aspilos in James 1:27 ("unstained"). It's there that we can receive a wisdom "full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy" (Jas. I do not know that at any point the opposition between the spirit of the world and the spirit of Christ is more marked, more obviously diametrical, than with regard to this feature of character. A dark piece of velvet best reveals the glory of the diamond. If Kiera Wilmot had performed her experiment during her high school science class, it might have earned her an A. -David Roper (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. (Ps 58:3-4), Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit. Notice how the list of traits like gentle, reasonable, etc, serve to practically undergird and ensure that this wisdom is peaceable. Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. And as we have learned, none of the over 1600 NT commands can be successfully carried out in reliance on our own natural strength, but only in reliance on the supernatural strength provided by the Holy Spirit. For instance, using “I” instead of “me” or “who” instead of “whom.” There’s a proper way to use the language, and it makes me cringe when the standard is violated. Unfortunately believers can sometimes corrupt the purity of God's wisdom by intermixing worldly wisdom, especially when we compromise and mix worldly principles with Biblical principles. Newspapers reported that the boy genius “did not want to think.” Some say Sidis’s retreat from public attention was intentional—he wanted to live a normal life. turn our hearts toward the wisdom that comes Their ruler summoned them to grant them one wish. 1 My brethren, a let not many of you become teachers, b knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. When we ask, His wisdom will begin to rise in us and pour itself out to others. Some people have a bumper-car mentality in their relationships with others. Amen. it is a clear witness to the truth of Paul's teaching of the ongoing war in our mortal bodies between the Spirit and the flesh... For the flesh sets its desire (CONTINUALLY) against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition (CONTINUALLY) to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please (LIKE WANTING TO GIVE SOMEONE "A PIECE OF YOUR MIND" FOR INSULTING YOU VERBALLY, ETC). Our motive for seeking wisdom or for using wisdom must always be to glorify God and to build up the person to whom we are speaking. For an hour whales, porpoises, sea lions and seals went through their paces at Marineland, near Pacific Palisades. —Anon. 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. (Ibid). Beloved, this is mind blowing! Of course the prototype for this hellish wisdom is Satan's confrontation of a sinless man and woman in the garden of Eden when he tempted Eve telling her if she did what God had forbidden, she would not die (an overt lie) and would actually be like God (another lie). The wisdom that is from above is . (Lectures Exegetical and Practical on the Epistle of James)(Bold added). Such wise people will surely know how to control their tongue (as noted earlier in this chapter). "The words of the wicked are of lying in wait for blood" (Proverbs 12:6). A better approach to the use of words is reflected in Proverbs 17:27, where Solomon said, “He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.” Most often, we would do better not to say all we think or know (or thinkwe know), but instead seek to use words that promote calm and peace. The challenge to the wise to show his wisdom (James 3:13) 12:9; 2 Cor. If the heart is filled with hatred, Satan will light the fire. (Lectures Exegetical and Practical on the Epistle of James), The true test of wisdom is works, not words. (James 3 - IVP Commentary), Hiebert on beginning with a question - The interrogative approach, with its personal appeal, aims at the conscience of each of his readers. A little girl in a Chinese village watched a missionary as he went about the Master's work. "Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; A stranger, and not thine own lips" (Proverbs 27:2). When the person is boastful, he wants to be glorified. The proliferation of tongues has continued down the centuries so that now, according to the Wycliffe Bible Translators International Linguistic Center in Dallas, Texas, there are more than five thousand language groups known to exist in the world. But therein lies the solution. (Pr 26:20) So if there is no "wood" (no gossip, put downs, derogatory statements, etc, made by others in your hearing), the tongue is not set on fire! 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (MacArthur New Testament Commentary – James). The idea would be to be sensitive to other's needs and patient with them. Master's Bible Church - “Bitter jealousy” is the mindset that this world is all there is, so I covet as much of it as I can get. --Dennis De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. In the New Testament it occurs only twice, both times in reference to holes or openings in the ground. Geologists had given the project a favorable report, but there was still some risk. In James 3:14 it is used figuratively to describe jealousy as bitter, which speaks of resentful attitude (harsh, cruel). Burdick says selfish ambition speaks "of a self-seeking attitude bent on gaining advantage and prestige for oneself or one's group." It seems, Father, that sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Fruits (plural = speaks of the variety of fruit produced)(2590)(karpos) is used in its literal sense to refer to fruit, produce or offspring, which describes that which is produced by the inherent energy of a living organism. James 3:16 Where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing will be there. It defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell” (3:5-6). Jesus taught in Matthew 12:34-37 that a man’s words are a reliable indicator of the state of his heart. . He offended the Pharisees when He said, “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man” (vv.11-12). 14 But if you have (O)bitter envy and [h]self-seeking in your hearts, (P)do not boast and lie against the truth. — Reprinted by permission. In using phaulos the idea is not so much primarily that which is malignant, but rather that which is good for nothing and without possibility of ever yielding any good. That’s why the wise man said in Proverbs 13:3 that we must guard our mouth. (James Commentary - Twenty-First Century). So even as James instructed us in how to discern whether one has genuine faith (by his works), in this section he tells us how to discern whether a person is truly wise and understanding by listing (and thereby contrasting) the traits one would expect to see associated with heavenly wisdom versus with earthly wisdom. How do I react to vengeful people? The Holy Spirit-Walking Like Jesus Walked! Reprinted by permission. Believers should not only refrain from cursing but also bless those who curse and persecute them (Luke 6:28; Romans 12:14). 1:5; 2 Tim. 8:46 we all stumble in many things. James 3:17 New King James Version (NKJV). "A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth" (Proverbs 13:2). Reprinted by permission. Faithful: But I am ready to think you do but jest, because you smiled. The Hebrew word chokmah corresponds to the Greek sophos. Ellen G. White. (Thayer). It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. As the apostle James put it, “Every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind” (James 3:7). Christian: Deceived! Amplified  For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea animal, can be tamed and has been tamed by human genius (nature). 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. It leads the envious person to do and say things that are mean-spirited and contrary to the Spirit of the Lord Jesus. The 1931 horror film where a man who takes a potion which turns him from a mild-mannered man of science into a crude homicidal maniac. Help us to speak with loving words Eirene can convey the sense of an inner rest, well being and harmony. And ask God to set a guard over your mouth to keep you from saying the wrong thing (Ps. As Isaiah declared, "The work of righteousness will be peace, and the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever" (Isa. For fallen men to curse is NATURAL, but for fallen men to bless is SUPERNATURAL! We dare not be careless with what we say, thinking we can apologize later, because even if we do, the scars remain. And as James taught in James 3:14, both of these sinful attitudes are hidden in and originate from the heart. THE SECRET OF A CONTROLLED TONGUE BY THEODORE EPP. Johnny Hunt Devotional - Words of encouragement are priceless: “You can do it!” “You are a winner.” “Great job!” Words of blessing are powerful. The Titanic proves the foolishness of spending resources on fancy equipment and public promotion while neglecting the “ordinary” parts. If you are always stirring up controversy over petty issues, you are not acting with godly wisdom. We can never say that we have truly pitied anyone until we have given our help. All rights reserved). "The man that heareth shall speak so as to endure" (Proverbs 21:28). He will conclude his discussion of true wisdom in James 3:17-18. James uses the present tense and the perfect tense. (Ibid), Barton adds that "Flames of hate, prejudice, slander, jealousy, and envy seem to come from the very lake of fire where Satan will be punished (see Revelation 20:10, 14-15), Kent Hughes - The uncontrolled tongue has a direct pipeline to Hell! It describes life apart from God, characteristic of earthly human life as opposed to what is spiritual. Set a guard on my lips. The text of the New King James Version (NKJV) appearing on or deriving from this or any other web page is for personal use only. In other words, heavenly wisdom's fruit is righteousness. "He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright" (Proverbs 2:7). “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (v.17). Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved). It is coupled with sophia, “wisdom,” in the Septuagint (Lxx) in Deut 1:13,15; 4:6. The Bible urges us not to underestimate the destructive potential of what we say. (Complete Word Study Dictionary), Homoiosis in the Septuagint (Lxx) - Ge 1:26; Ps. (BKC). 141:3). But how can believers carry out this command to show good behavior? ; 2 Sa. Remove its subtle lie; Sad contrast between wild animals that can be tamed and mankind's wild tongue which cannot be tamed. The tongue can only reflect one nature at a time. It’s a “world of iniquity.” (Ibid), Hiebert on world of iniquity - From the context it seems best to accept that James thinks of the tongue as a vast system of iniquity." 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