But unbelievers have no defense against his demonic input! Then ask Him to discipline your mouth so that every word you speak is used by God to encourage and edify others. NRS James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire. (Php 2:3+) Paul used eritheia again in Philippians writing "The former (Php 1:15+ "Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife") proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition (eritheia) rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment. Pseúdomai therefore involves not only the communication of a falsehood but also the intent to deceive. —Gabriel. (Ibid), Osborne on restless - The connotation is of something without a secure foundation; like an unstable building in the midst of an earthquake, the tongue can never be controlled. It is coupled with sophia, “wisdom,” in the Septuagint (Lxx) in Deut 1:13,15; 4:6. Louw-Nida says it means "pertaining to being gracious and forbearing." And woe to anyone who accumulates more of this world’s things than they have. If it’s true that a spring emits brackish water one moment and fresh water the next, we must consider the source. 3:13; 1 Pet. The Promised Land was described as a land of springs of water. —James 3:18. We might be inclined to throw up our hands and cry "Which is it James? Reprinted by permission. The rich rejoice that they have discovered the emptiness of material wealth, and the poor rejoice that they have discovered eternal riches. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. One of the marks that a man has been born again is that his tongue is now controlled. Is there any doubt which wisdom is better? Christian: God forbid that I should jest (although I smiled) in this matter, or that I should accuse any falsely! 5:20. 32:17). The tongue is but three inches long, yet it can kill a man six feet high. ESV James 3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. The NKJV has most of the same corruptions as does the NIV in comparison to the trustworthy 1611 King James … To keep from looking down on others, look up to the cross. Here it refers first in rank and which specifically to purity because without purity the wisdom is not from above! While the truly wise set their minds on the things above, not on thing of the earth (Col 3:2), the earthly wise “set their minds on earthly things” (Phil 3:19). As the Holy Spirit purifies our heart, he gives us self-control so that we will speak words that please God. Bitter (4089)(pikros from root pik = to cup or prick) means sharp, pointed, piercing, pungent as that which sharply "pierces" or penetrates one's senses. Rienecker says "Perfect looks at the completed action or state of man being in the image of God." So if we see someone in need and "do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?" The New Covenant Written on Hearts All rights reserved, Summary of Study of James from chapter 1-3. ... No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for James 2:6. Someone has said, "What is in the well of the heart will come out through the bucket of the mouth." C. T. Studd, The heart is the metal of the bell, the tongue but the clapper. YLT James 3:6 and the tongue is a fire, the world of the unrighteousness, so the tongue is set in our members, which is spotting our whole body, and is setting on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by the gehenna. 9:8; Jer. "A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth" (Proverbs 12:14). Our society encourages us to speak out in a thoughtless way, totally disregarding the deadly impact our words may have. A. W. Tozer, It is a fact that those whose lives are daily being conformed to the Word and purposes of God will be given the ability to see issues more plainly. Bitter waters were made sweet at Marah when a divinely revealed tree was cast into them (Exod. 27:2, 90:26; 4 Ezra 7:36). GWN James 3:13 Do any of you have wisdom and insight? The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits. Thomas Manton, If you think twice before you talk once, you will speak twice the better for it. Yet these same people, with the blessings still on their lips, would sometimes, after leaving worship, actually curse someone who had angered them! She had never heard about Jesus Christ, and when the teacher described the beautiful life of Jesus Christ, she thought she was describing the missionary. In short epistemon describes one "who is expert, who has special knowledge and training." WHEN THE FIRE GOES OUT - (Read Pr 26:17-28, 26:20) - When a fire finishes burning through the material it feeds on, it goes out. If that connection becomes contaminated, it is only a matter of time before the whole relationship is poisoned. NJB James 3:17 whereas the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it is also peaceable, kindly and considerate; it is full of mercy and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. The ‘spirit’ of man is in action here as well as the ‘soul;’ but, alas, the grandeur of the capabilities of this constituent of our being only deepens the debasement; and the spirit ‘made but a little lower than the angels’ of light, links itself with the lost angels of darkness. (Zodhiates) Paul writes, I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. Even under the strictest self-discipline and constant monitoring, the tongue’s unruly nature lurks dangerously below the surface. 1:7 let not many of you become teachers, # Luke 6:37 knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. NET James 3:8 But no human being can subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. Many of us are skilled at sounding religious, but we don’t put our words into action. We must draw on “the wisdom that is from above”—wisdom that is “pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits” (James 3:17). NRS James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Are you reading secular books (self-help, etc, which have now infiltrated Christian bookstores!) Sophos was a technical term for the teacher; in Jewish usage one who has a knowledge of practical moral wisdom resting on a knowledge of God and it was because of this association some commentators feel James is addressing primarily teachers, the ones who would be purveyors of wisdom. Louw-Nida - "pertaining to human, earthly activity (primarily in contrast with divine activity)." D. Martyn Lloyd Jones, Wisdom opens the eyes both to the glories of heaven and to the hollowness of earth. Anothen can speak of place or time (from the beginning). At age 12, he entered Harvard University in a program for gifted students. Mistakes are inevitable when we are learning a second language, including learning the new language of God’s love. 4:4; Iniquity (unrighteousness, wickedness)(93)(adikia from a = not + dikê = right) is an activity which is unjust, a condition of not being right, whether with God, according to the standard of His holiness and righteousness or with man, according to the standard of what man knows to be right by his conscience. 37:37; Ps. The following psalms echo the words of James... Psalm 10:7 His mouth (Whose mouth? J. Kalos referred to that which was "morally beautiful" or noble and hence virtue was called "the good" (to kalon). In other texts “earthly” carries a definitely inferior meaning and suggests “worldly” or “sinful” or “fleshly” passions (Philippians 3:19; James 3:15). Its propensity for destruction is much greater. Or do you often regret your words? Not Carnality but Christ. Again, the tongue isn’t the real problem; it is the heart. It is followed by obedience to God’s Word. By: Mart DeHaan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. When a person is concerned about demoting others, understand he is also concerned with the promotion of himself. A bird is known by his note, a man by his talk. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. And we should daily pray asking God by His Spirit to "Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips." 2:35; 1 Ki. Only God can turn bitter water sweet. 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. But grant my life may ring so true NJB James 3:11 does any water supply give a flow of fresh water and salt water out of the same pipe? (Ibid). Is it wise to be selfishly ambitious—and then brag about what your ambition brings you? It thus denotes "the malicious triumphing at the least point of vantage gained by one party" over its opponents in their disputes. No wonder James called the tongue "an unruly evil, full of deadly poison" (James 3:8). Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. On the other hand, when I refuse to give expression to impure, unkind, ungodly thoughts, I begin to choke and strangle the evil in my soul. And peaceable, God's wisdom will endure. If we joke about sinful practices, we are speaking in a way we shouldn’t (Ephesians 5:12). Contrary to old clichés, words do hurt—often deeply. But unruly tongues accomplish the same results. (1 Timothy 4:1-5), For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. Be arrogant (2620)(Katakauchaomai from kata = against + kauchaomai = to boast) means to boast against. As Jesus said (in a different context but still true in principle) "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Mt 19:26) even the taming of the human tongue! Daniel Akin Sermon - Steve Stephens drives home the importance of our words in our marriage. NLT has "a whole world of wickedness." In company, guard your tongue—in solitude, your thoughts. •. Along with its lion friends, the striped beauty went through its routine in meek subjection. Thus the argument of James runs: Now you have stated to the world that you are wise, that you possess wisdom, namely, Jesus Christ and His Spirit. Eternity is long! 2:24). Before you speak, remember that words are like fire—you can neither control nor reverse the damage they can do. Shortly after saying “Amen,” he proceeded to fuss about the preacher, the church, his job. BBE James 3:9 With it we give praise to our Lord and Father; and with it we put a curse on men who are made in God's image. By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 16:2). "The lips of the wise shall preserve them" (Proverbs 14:3). There is there neither prayer nor sign of repentance for sin; yea, the brute in his kind serves God far better than he. (Ibid), Peaceable (1516)(eirenikos from eirene = peace) characterized or promoting a state of wholeness and well-being, thatis, loving and promoting peace. I'm always saying the wrong thing!” Yet Scripture clearly states that an abusive tongue is not under the control of the Spirit (James 3:3–l0). It can castigate and corrupt. When man sinned in Eden, the likeness to God was severely marred but not lost. Such a person shows compassion, or pity, for the less fortunate. Hardly anyone knew Jesus as James did—he grew up with Him. She showed her shopping list to the girl helping her and said, “It’s in two tongues (lenguas).” But she meant to say that she had written it in two languages (idiomas). What is in the well of your heart will show up in the bucket of your speech. 11:29+) Praus is also used in the beatitude Mt 5:5+ "Blessed are the gentle (praus), for they shall inherit the earth." (Pr 10:19) When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise. Our role as Christians is vastly different from the ancient Greek actors. b. T. C. Baird, It is a sad fact that the tongues of professing Christians are often all too busy doing the devil’s work. 3:12; Rev. '- you are in the right place! Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness. We are to be people who speak and do the truth. This "extraterrestrial" wisdom is the gift of God and is only given to believers (Eph 2:8), Proverbs comments on the Source of wisdom from above, "For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." He commands, 'Discipline your speaking.' (Lectures Exegetical and Practical on the Epistle of James)(Bold added). The other man lost both of his eyes. It really isn't in me." (James 3:13-18 Wisdom for Harmonious Relationships). NKJ James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? (Pause for Power). My neighbor may be blessed. "Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father" (Proverbs 29:3). In other words, we are to sing a duet, the tongue and the heart are to be in tune. 3:17; 1 Pet. All rights reserved). THOUGHT - Just from this simple analysis of who can and cannot tame their tongue, can you see why it is dangerous for a believer to knowingly marry an unbeliever? One day after the young people had sung, a member of one of the churches struck up a conversation with the principal of the school, who was on the trip as a chaperone. My tongue control today; Sinclair Ferguson, True wisdom is always humble. His attitude is "It's my life and I want my way." That will mark the beginning of harmony—not havoc.—M R De Haan II (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Patrick Delaney, The worst of speaking without thinking is that you say what you think. All too often, when we speak we remind everyone of our brokenness as human beings. BBE James 3:7 For every sort of beast and bird and every living thing on earth and in the sea has been controlled by man and is under his authority; James presents the picture of the possibility of taming wild animals of all sorts in preparation (v8) to accentuate the impossibility of taming the tongue. We’re either growing sweeter and wiser as the days go by, or we’re growing into foolish or even sour-faced curmudgeons. Every time you speak, your mind is on parade. Following all that, his little daughter tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Daddy, did God hear you when you said the blessing?”, Switching to theological authority, Dad answered, “Yes, darling, He did.”, “Well,” asked his daughter, “did God hear you when you fussed right after you prayed?”, “Well . ", Hell (only use outside synoptic Gospels all others spoken by the Lord Jesus)(Gehenna) (1067)(geenna from Hebrew gay = valley + Hinnom) is literally the valley of Hinnom, the ravine or valley southwest of Jerusalem where the refuse and filth, human excrement, bodies of dead animals, and bodies of criminals were cast and burned. Amplified Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine figs? Faithful: Well, he seems to be a very pretty man. No more can sea water yield fresh water. My brothers, it is not right for these things to be so. James used prautes earlier to describe "teachability", "Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility (prautes) receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls." "The legs of the lame hang loose; So is a parable in the mouth of fools" (Proverbs 26:7). The tongue can only reflect one nature at a time. Does this describe you (and me) dear reader? 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