The innermost secret thought has been bared. ", Tommy Higle says bitter jealousy "refers to an envy that leads to anger and resentment. 5:20; Phil. One source of catastrophic destruction among believers in Christ, however, is not a mystery. Dikaiosune is rightness of character before God and rightness of actions before men. Geologists had given the project a favorable report, but there was still some risk. Discretion of speech is better than eloquence with words. —Matthew 15:18. -Sper. The Holy Spirit will heal the hurt and keep us from lashing out. More people have been slain by the tongue than the sword. (Bible Exposition Commentary). "He that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief" (Proverbs 17:20). He had been a good friend of mine, and he knew something of my life and how I had lived. Commentary on James (Spurgeon Commentary Series) - Kindle edition by Spurgeon, Charles. Natural is also translated sensual (KJV, NKJV, ASV) which aptly describes this earthly wisdom as that which seeks to accommodate our (animalistic) senses. The best way to avert the flames of anger is to keep from striking that first match. 1:17; 2:3). Every time you speak, your mind is on parade. It is not wisdom that "falls" from above, but which originates from the fall! BDAG - "pertaining to being conducive to a harmonious relationship." either a vine, figs? Wisdom, we believe, is a synonym of Logós of the Word, and it refers to that perfection and eternity which is to be found only in God the Father, manifested to the world through His Son, the Lord Jesus, and existing in the world today only through His Holy Spirit. (James Commentary - Twenty-First Century). It cannot be controlled by both at the same time. Such will stand forever and ever. 14). According to one online source, it was developed around ad 672 and was used with devastating effect, especially in sea warfare because it could burn on water. In the summer of 1986, two ships collided in the Black Sea, causing a tragic loss of life. (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. The tongue is a little member, but it has great power.Give God your tongue and your heart each day and ask Him to use you to be a blessing to others. The temporal contrast between heaven as eternal and earth as temporal (intimated in 1 Corinthians 15:40) is illustrated in 2 Corinthians 5:1 (our “earthly house” [our body]). "The rod and reproof give wisdom" (Proverbs 29:15). No physician can heal the wounds inflicted by the tongue. It is "THE SUM TOTAL OF INIQUITY'' in that it: Barclay wrote "An uncontrolled tongue is like a world hostile to and ignorant of God. James 3:15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. J. Sidlow Baxter, Gentle words fall lightly, but they have great weight. More of His love to others I would show; Thomas Scott, Wisdom in ruling is justice; wisdom in speech is discretion; wisdom in conduct is prudence; wisdom in evaluation is discernment. And so I agree with John MacArthur's analysis of James 3:13-18 - "Some interpreters believe the phrase who among you refers only to the teachers, or would-be teachers, addressed in James 3:1. 11). Life Application Study Bible. Clearly in James 3:14 zelos is used with the negative nuance describing an unholy zeal (as in Acts 5:17+, Acts 13:45, Ro 13:13, 1 Co. 3:3, 2 Cor 12:20, Gal 5:20). Perhaps we would do well as we leave the worship service after blessing God to pray "God by Your Spirit control my tongue the rest of this Lord's day and even the rest of this week, all for Your glory and honor. (Today in the Word), Wisdom and knowledge are two elements of human life which, though immaterial, are real and determine the use of the material tongue. What James is saying is that the tongue can kindle a destructive fire which can destroy all life. May God enable all of His children to be philósophos, "philosophers, lovers of wisdom," not lovers of the world's wisdom but of God's heavenly wisdom, in Jesus' Name. NLT And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. Hagnos is in the list of virtues ("whatever is pure") on which Paul commands believers to continually dwell (present imperative - continually = need the Holy Spirit to obey). The word suggests the vice of a leader who creates a party for his own pride: it is partly ambition, partly rivalry. It is too late to mend the days that are past. Feelings of insignificance are rampant these days, even among Christians, and some do hurtful things to make themselves feel important. "The crown of the wise is their riches" (Proverbs 14:24). (Ibid). Booker T Washington, Psalm 64:3 Who whet their tongues like a sword and have aimed the arrows, even bitter words, that they may shoot in secret at the innocent. We use words like love and patriotism to share our ideas and emotions. Such speech is hypocritical. —Philippians 1:15. Douglas Moo says that epieikes “indicates a willingness to yield to others and a corresponding unwillingness ‘to exact strict claims’.” It is a quality that Jesus possessed (2 Cor. And so James issues a command in aorist imperative which means "Do this now!" Not only did he give glowing testimonies, but he also collared people in the church and challenged them to a deeper spirituality and commitment. (BNTC – Exposition of James), MacArthur introduces this passage explaining that "the tongue is characterized by what might be called its perfidy to compromise. Jesus alluded to this principle in His Sermon on the Mount when he said, “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil. The fetid fruit of worldly wisdom is similar, because you can "smell" something is not right in a church body, but it may take a while to discover. The best way to be forearmed (controlled by the Spirit - only One Who can tame our tongue) is to be forewarned and these two aspects of that small member in our mouth should cause us to continually seek to be empowered by the Spirit. . Just as a horse needs a rider holding its reigns, & a ship needs a pilot at the rudder, so your tongue needs a master; & God is the only one who can do the job. Its work can be so subtle that it sometimes escapes notice until the damage is done.". Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. — Reprinted by permission. An attack by one of these dangerous animals would fulfill every person's worst nightmare. ESV James 3:15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 5:11; Dan. The answer is the same way a believer is able to control their tongue -- it is by continually being filled with (controlled by) the Spirit (Eph 5:18+), continually walking by the Spirit (Gal 5:16+). Amen. And, being ‘earthly,’ it is ‘sensual.’ (NATURAL) The word so translated occurs in the New Testament several times, but is rendered ‘sensual’ only here and in a verse in Jude, where ‘mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts,’ (Jude 1:18+) are described as ‘worldly-minded (psuchikos), devoid of the Spirit’ (Jude 1:19+). They can either offer help and comfort or do damage that feels just as irreversible as Caesar’s march on Rome. All rights reserved), You're writing a "gospel," a chapter each day, 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. "The mouth of fools feedeth on folly" (Proverbs 15:14). 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. May the words we speak point others to Jesus. (James 3 Commentary), Webster defines a hypocrite as "One who feigns to be what he is not; one who has the form of godliness without the power, or who assumes an appearance of piety and virtue, when he is destitute of true religion. There are only twelve of them, but they work. We can make sure we are in the Spirit's control by incorporating Scripture into our life and by asking the Spirit to direct our thoughts and actions each day. The show window of the Christian is most important. "In James 3:11 the adjective was used literally of "salt" or bitter water; here the usage is figurative, to denote a bitter or harsh attitude." Read What Do You Do with a Broken Relationship? Where the spirit does not rule, the soul—that is, as we have seen, the mental and emotional nature in so far as it is occupied with the world open to the senses—tends to become ever more and more subject to the lowest element of our constitution, the appetites of the body. But Hiss for Hiss return'd with forked Tongue The prophet Isaiah said, “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes” (Isa. Understanding (only here in NT)(1990)(epistemon from epistamai = to know thoroughly) means to be endued with expert knowledge, understanding, expertise, knowledgeable, well-instructed, skilled (especially one having the knowledge of an expert). It describes the spirit which cannot be content with what it has and looks with a jealous eye on every blessing given to someone else and denied to itself. III. The word does not necessarily mean domesticate, but to subdue or subjugate. On Listening Don Anderson - If our lives are under the control of the HOLY SPIRIT, the Spirit will produce within us TONGUE CONTROL as one of the EVIDENCES OF HIS WORK. In regions of Southeast Asia there is a snake called the "two-step." So, "under God" there is equality—but only under God. A bit in a horse’s mouth can turn the animal to the right or to the left (v.3). In all my works Thy presence find, Whatever he might claim, he cannot be saved. Instead of helping, his well-meaning companion only served to undermine his friend with his words (v. 27). Washington Irving, A fool is hardly discerned when silent; his picture is best taken when he is speaking. "A worthless man deviseth mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire" (Proverbs 16:27). 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. Such a contrast is not necessarily disparaging of earthly matters. ", I can talk to you until I am blue in the “face and it doesn’t do any good.”, “If you don’t like it, you can just leave.”, “You deserve a taste of your own “medicine.”. (James 3 - IVP Commentary), Hiebert on gentleness (meekness) - The meek man does not feel a need to contend for the recognition of his rights or acceptance of his personal views. —Sper. As we come to James 3, it would have been very easy for me to title this message: “Teachers, Hold Your Tongues.” You can see from the first verse of chapter 3 that this would be a fitting title for the chapter. We have all kinds of devices to help us communicate. Oswald Chambers, Knowledge is the fountain of wisdom. (2 Cor 11:13-15). A Christian high school had taken its chorale to England to minister to the churches there. Ios is used in the NT to mean poison or venom. We need to look all the way down to the heart! Charles Simeon, We can be certain that God wants us to be wise, just as we are sure that he wants us not to sin. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. Jesus gives us a good commentary on the illustrations of James declaring that... A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit....So then, you will know them by their fruits. By: Bill Crowder (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. It is a "FIRE." My brethren, these things ought not to be so. GNT James 3:15 οὐκ ἔστιν αὕτη ἡ σοφία ἄνωθεν κατερχομένη ἀλλὰ ἐπίγειος, ψυχική, δαιμονιώδης. GNT James 3:8 τὴν δὲ γλῶσσαν οὐδεὶς δαμάσαι δύναται ἀνθρώπων, ἀκατάστατον κακόν, μεστὴ ἰοῦ θανατηφόρου. . Full of applies to both mercy and good fruits which are therefore taken together as one attribute of godly wisdom. (Gal 5:17+), Likeness (only NT use)(3669)(homoiosis from homoioo = to make like) describes a state of similarity likeness, resemblance, a becoming like. A strong emphasis in Spurgeon's preaching was God's grace and sovereignty over man's helpless state. Christian: Know him! But instead she was charged with causing an explosion. Thus we see that gentleness is a defining quality of godly wisdom, the "fruit" so to speak. ESV James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. (Ibid). NET James 3:7 For every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and sea creature is subdued and has been subdued by humankind. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. —Pollard. "A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth" (Proverbs 15:23). The tongue can suddenly turn an otherwise gentle person into a monster. This recalls James 2:14-26 where one's "works" show or authenticate one's "faith" to be genuine. The only other NT use is Jude 1:23+ "save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted (spiloo in perfect tense) by the flesh." (Col 3:1-4+). Taming the Tongue. All the conflicts, crimes, battles, and wars of the world are evidence of the devastation caused by human wisdom. (Ps 58:3-4), Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Godly words can come only from a godly heart. But we sometimes slip back into our old habit of letting both “fresh” and “bitter” words come from our lips in our conversations about others (James 3:8-12). All rights reserved). (Ibid), Paul has a description of the wretched condition of the tongue of the unsaved man in Romans 3, Their talk is foul and filthy like the stench from an open grave. No alloys, not tainted by any impurity (in 1 Ti 5:22 hagnos is translated in NASB as "free from sin"). "There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise" (Proverbs 21:20). Such behavior is unthinkable to the wise Christian. A loving word may heal and bless. For (gar) (Term of explanation - always pause and ask what is the writer explaining?) Only a regenerate tongue in a redeemed body, a tongue that God has tamed, can be used for Him. It is said of the seraphim that praise God, they dare not bring a railing accusation. 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). The opposite of unrest. "The mouth of the wicked speaketh perverseness" (Proverbs 10:32). There are women who will speak sweet and gracious words at a religious meeting and then go outside and murder someone's reputation with a malicious gossiping tongue. "Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life" (Prov. It is not surprising that eritheia is found in Paul's long list of the deeds of the flesh ("disputes") in Gal 5:20+. Amplified Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. (James 2:15-16+) God's wisdom motivates us to build up rather than tear down. Burkitt is somewhat pithy, and for a modern rather rich and racy, but he is far from deep, and is frequently common-place. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. "A righteous man hateth lying" (Proverbs 13:5). Instead of fighting, we need to be helpful, positive, and encouraging toward others. (James 2:13+). It is a restless evil and full of deadly poison - Notice the two reasons the tongue is so dangerous - (1) it never rests and (2) it is deadly. NRS James 3:8 but no one can tame the tongue-- a restless evil, full of deadly poison. Whenever we speak out of fear, anger, ignorance, or pride—even if what we say is true—those who listen will hear more than our words. The evidence of the true wisdom in control (James 3:17–18) Winkler writes "A word of evil from the old Serpent consigned our race to death, and, like Satan's tongue, are in a degree the tongues of all his children." Good fruit will endure for eternity!!! Psalm 12:3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things (cf James 3:5+); Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”, Donald Burdick on world of iniquity - It is as though all the wickedness in the whole world were wrapped up in that little piece of flesh. It will then be too late to mend its appearance. By “image” they meant a person's physical and intellectual nature; by “likeness” they meant a person's moral being. Jesus taught in Matthew 12:34-37 that a man’s words are a reliable indicator of the state of his heart. Phillips Blessing and curses come out of the same mouth - surely, my brothers, this is the sort of thing that never ought to happen! When the Holy Spirit works in us, He gives us self-control to speak words that please the Father. Psuchikos means soulish, with affinity to natural sinful propensities, the person in whom the sarx, the flesh, is more the ruling principle even as psuchikós and psuche is for the animalistic instincts. It did then and it does now. William Baker - James has thus provided for us a prescription for harmony in the body of Christ. James said that "no man can tame the tongue," but God can, and He offers help from several sources. Those two words shouldn’t go together. Because of the length of some of the sections, some have merely been introduced (Proverbs 1:20-33 below). 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. And reputations steal; The only way to keep jealousy and envy from turning into major disasters is to draw on the wisdom that comes from above, wisdom that is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, and full of mercy and goodness. Pause a minute and think about what your usual conversation is like. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race - We can tame animals, animals that walk, fly, crawl and swim and animals from each of these groups has been tamed. The poet Matthew Arnold called it 'sweet reasonableness', and it is the ability to extend to others the kindly consideration we would wish to receive ourselves. Our first parents yielded to the temptation to sin, because they considered that the tree was ‘to be desired to make one wise;’ (Ge 3:5,6+) and this was the wisdom—a wisdom kindred to that of Satan, whose lie seduced them—full of envy and falsehood, moving ever in the atmosphere of selfishness and malignity. Or a vine, figs? to be forced or seduced, Hom. O let me cheerfully fulfill; A group where there is bitterness and strife (selfish ambition) is a barren soil in which the seeds of righteousness can never grow and out of which no reward can ever come. My brothers, this must be wrong-. (cf. Adoniram Judson), Thing (affair, matter, case) (4229)(pragma) is "that which is done or happens, deed, thing, event, occurrence, matter." For fallen men to curse is NATURAL, but for fallen men to bless is SUPERNATURAL! 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