James is not saying so much that you are to stop speaking lies, but that you are to stop living a lie, for your conduct which should be "good" is "evil" and this is in effect a "lie" about who you are professing to be. The best way to avert the flames of anger is to keep from striking that first match. 1:18–3:23. Malcolm Watts, If the Lord Jesus Christ is a stranger to you, the best you can hope for is to become a philosopher, like Socrates of old. Do you talk too much and not give opportunity for others to speak? By the end of his life, Truman’s unmailed letters filled a large desk drawer. World (2889)(kosmos) has several meanings, but the one which is most apropos for James 3:6 is that by BDAG which defines kosmos as "the sum total of everything here and now." 16:20-23). (Ibid). KJV  James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. It's probably not a bad prayer to frequently pray! In other texts “earthly” carries a definitely inferior meaning and suggests “worldly” or “sinful” or “fleshly” passions (Philippians 3:19; James 3:15). The fruit of this wisdom (James 3:18)    (Hiebert - James Commentary). Abraham lied about his wife twice (Ge 2:10-20; 20:1-7). Unfortunately, there are people that creep into the church and do this among God's people in order to have their way in the church. Morgan was interested until Baruch said, “You’ve taken bigger gambles than this.”. So she’d better see her dentist soon! C. C. Colton, Think all you speak but speak not all you think. NET  James 3:16 For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice. Eritheia describes personal gratification and self-fulfillment at any cost, which are the ultimate goals of all fleshly endeavors. 3:3; Tit. c. Get the best Study Bible free! : Pass. My name is Gossip. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. To compromise with wrong, to seek for quietness by the sacrifice of righteousness, is not to secure peace, but to make it impossible. There are many rationalizations for the unrestrained use of the tongue. This pipeline is reciprocal. James has 2 other uses of kalos - James 2:7 (fair name) and James 4:17 (right thing). —James 3:10. 18:25; 1 Sa 15:32 = Surely the bitterness of death is past. Life Application Study Bible. Jesus used pege figuratively to refer to a spiritual well or source of inner nourishment (Jn 4:14+, cp Jn 7:37-39) even as He was sitting by a literal well (Jn 4:6). The person wants the Lord to be glorified. 10:9+; Rev. Righteousness bears fruit after its kind, and that is peace. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof" (Proverbs 18:21). As persons we can communicate with one another with  words -- something animals cannot do. Utley on selfish ambition - It refers to an egotistical, jealous ambition—“my way or no way”—among leaders. "He that refraineth his lips doeth wisely" (Proverbs 10:19). In this context it means to take a position, to come forward, to appear. But as noted with my brethren James is clearly addressing believers among whom it is not fitting or right for their tongue to exhibit such untamed speech. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. We have a choice (and responsibility) regarding how we can respond, but it a mysterious truth that while we are 100% responsible, we are also 100% dependent on the Spirit to work out our salvation in fear and trembling. Jesus upsets our pride too. Barclay notes that eupeithes has "two meanings. Of course not! All rights reserved), To be like Jesus—that's our goal, 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. James said, “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. 12:3; Song 5:4; Obad. Today, bless as many people as possible with your words. 12:38; Est. A Christian high school had taken its chorale to England to minister to the churches there. But there is something we cannot tame. "Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life" (Prov. THOUGHT - Cole applies this attribute of wisdom to church life - We especially need to keep this in mind when we get into a doctrinal dispute with anyone. The Lord Jesus said that what is in the heart will come up through the mouth; you can be sure your tongue is going to say it. KJV  James 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. Two men were envious and covetous. YLT  James 3:14 and if bitter zeal ye have, and rivalry in your heart, glory not, nor lie against the truth; NAB  James 3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. Who among you has no will of his own, but has made God's will his very own? "To receive instruction in wise dealing" (Proverbs 1:3). Phillips  For wherever you find jealousy and rivalry you also find disharmony and all other kinds of evil. KJV  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. Till we're glorified at last. It was the natural fruit of their bitter zeal and party spirit. ASV  James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell. James used other vivid analogies to illustrate the enormous power of this little member of the body. The first man to choose would get his wish, but the other man would get double of the first wish. Doerksen says that it refers to a specialist, one possessing professional knowledge of a field (James, p.86). CSB  James 3:13 Who is wise and has understanding among you? "With the well-advised is wisdom" (Proverbs 13:10). In other words "dichotomous dialogue" has absolutely no place in the life of a believer in Jesus Christ. By:  Richard DeHaan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Bruo is ordinarily used of the swelling buds of plants and so figuratively of various kinds of fullness. "You can't hold a fellow down in the ditch unless you stay there with him." Gossip is rooted in our need to feel good about ourselves. (James 3 Commentary). Set a guard on my lips. "He that compresseth his lips bringeth evil to pass" (Proverbs 16:30). Of course the answer is both, because both reveal the real condition of the heart. Reprinted by permission. This is an incredible inconsistency for a believer. James wants us to apply godly wisdom to our personal lives and relationships.Is there peace in your home? Interestingly, my friend didn’t think this was impractical or foolish. Embarrassed, he turned to his partner and said, "I don't know why I said that. Not ini a boastful sense of course, but in fact with a show of gentleness (many versions render it humility)! MacArthur adds that "As with faith (James 2:17+), wisdom and understanding that are not demonstrated in righteous, godly living are devoid of spiritual value. ), and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:34-37). The tongue is contained in a cage of teeth and lips, but it still escapes. So let’s control our tongues. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “It never hurt anyone else.” But somehow, this “tamed” cougar, leopard or wolf suddenly reverted back to an old instinct—to lash out, to maim, to kill. Johnstone - When James says that ‘the fruit righteousness is sown,’ the expression is one implying a lively anticipation of results; as if a man planting acorns were to tell you that he was sowing an oak forest, or a farmer should this spring be said to sow next winter’s bread. Used 5x in NT - Phil. My tongue control today; "The perverse tongue shall be cut off" (Proverbs 10:31). The idea of mercy is to show kindness or concern for someone in serious need or to give help to the wretched, to relieve the miserable. By:  Anne Cetas (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. —JDB. NKJ  James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? His question does not imply that none is wise but challenges to self-examination those who rashly assume that they are. The evidence of the true wisdom in control (James 3:17–18) NET  James 3:12 Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers and sisters, or a vine produce figs? With this verse apparently begins a new section, which, however, stands in close connection with the warning in Jam 3:1, whilst the true wisdom is here contrasted with the false wisdom of which the readers boasted, and by … 20:19; 2 Sam. In that Ephesians passage Paul is addressing believers who can at least take up the shield of faith to extinguish the demonic arrows. "There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise" (Proverbs 21:20). James is seeking to identify who is truly skilled in the art of righteous living. Gossip, like other sins, is like ''dainty morsels" (Pr 26:22). Zelos describes wanting what belongs to someone else without regard for their rights. Think of the potential of the tongue which James is depicting with this phrase the very world of iniquity -- it has the power to affect the entire unrighteous, sinful world! — Reprinted by permission. O let me cheerfully fulfill; - James justifies his strong condemnation of earthly wisdom in the preceding verse explaining the fruit of wisdom which is earthly, natural and demonic! 7:26 = I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets; Isa. The parts of our body. COMMENTARY JAMES. Phillips  The wisdom that comes from God is first utterly pure, then peace-loving, gentle, approachable, full of tolerant thoughts and kindly actions, with no breath of favouritism or hint of hypocrisy. Godly wisdom that is reasonable does not push its own rights or opinions without listening to and respecting the rights and opinions of others. Design flaws in both the clothing and the slide made this an accident waiting to happen. NKJ  James 3:14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. "Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah" :12:22). 9:47; Lk. Wuest  But if, as is the case, you are having bitter jealousy and contentiousness in your heart, stop boasting and lying against the truth. We must ask God for the wisdom to know when to speak, what to speak, and when to simply keep our mouths shut. That's why spreading gossip is so difficult to resist. It has a vast potential for evil. 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The first recorded words of Cain were insolent words wrapped around a lie and addressed to God: "I know not: [where he is]: Am I my brother's keeper?" After he has spoken of wisdom which comes from God, he wants to impress us with the fact that there are things that we can learn from others and put into practice. No one (oudeis) means absolutely no one (absolutely no exceptions) in reliance on his or her own natural power. Sinclair Ferguson, True wisdom is always humble. Disorder ( contusion, tumult)(181)(akatastasia from akatastatos [adjective] in turn from a = negative + kathistemi = set in order) means literally without order or stability and thus has a basic meaning of instability = an unsettled state of affairs, an upheaval, a state of violent group disturbance, a tumult, or unrest, especially in a political or social setting (riots, revolutions). 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