As in much wisdom literature, the implied question the text addresses is, “How can I live the good life?” (m) Nat. Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness seems to be external, from Satan, not internal, that is, drawing strength from corrupt desires. James 3:13-18 Wisdom from Above Having wisdom is a quality that we would all like to have. This seems to mean then that first of all God intends for us to receive what we need by asking Him. Hispal. For example, giving preferential treatment to visitors at our assemblies based upon their apparel b. Keep it up!” As his readers begin to congratulate themselves, James lands the knockout punch (2:9), “Bu… I John 2:17 likewise tells us, “And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”. An expressive word, found nowhere else in the New Testament, and denoting a full, copious discharge. 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"Or hole"; for at divers places, and at different times, as Pliny F13 observes, it may send forth. We all want to be known for having good insight into situations and for making good decisions in life. I. James is the half-brother of Jesus (CP Mt 13:55). Chapter 1 is decidedly about temptation and considerations associated with it (see James 1:2,12,13,14; then James 1:17, which assures us that, other than temptation, only good comes … sweet water and bitter: literally, ‘the sweet and the bitter.’ 12 Can a (A)fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Two Kinds of Wisdom 13 Who is wise and understanding among … Such things do not occur in the works of nature, and they should not be found in man. Commentary on James 3:13-18 (Read James 3:13-18) These verses show the difference between men's pretending to be wise, and their being really so. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS. (n) Isodor. 13 (B)Who is wise and understanding among you? He asks (3:13a), “Who among you is wise and understanding?” Perhaps some of the self-appointed teachers were thinking, “I’m glad that you recognize my talents!” Then in his no-nonsense style, James springs the trap (3:13b): “Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.” It’s easy to claim to have wisdom. Rather, opening or hole in the earth or rock. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Used by permission. Hence, to burst forth or gush. Or showing hospitality towards our rich friends, while ignoring those who are poor (sometimes, it is the poor who despise the rich) 2. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place: literally, ‘at the same hole or fissure’—from the same spring. James 3:11. Primarily it means to be full to bursting; and is used, therefore, of budding plants, teeming soil, etc., as in the charming picture of the sacred grove at the opening of the "Oedipus Coloneus" of Sophocles: "full (βρύων) of bay, olive, and vine." Though generally in-transitive, it is used transitively here. "The spring," says the same author, "is the bright, open source, the eye of the landscape.". Help your family understand each of the characteristics of earthly wisdom by defining them, and then Read Mark 8:31-33 and explain how these characteristics are found in … INTRODUCTION In this epistle James addresses practical issues that are as current as this morning’s newspaper, and yet his challenges are not dated. We must know the power of the tongue (3:1-8) Most people want to be heard. Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of James Chapter 3 Metaphysically Interpreting James 3:1-12. So neither can salt water make fresh water. Hist. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. Does the fountain from the same hole send forth the sweet and the bitter? Rev., opening. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Each of us must walk in the light we have. Even though this comes on the heels of explaining God's longsuffering, nevertheless, the end will still come, and it will catch the world by surprise. Matthew 3:11 is the eleventh verse of the third chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament.The verse occurs in the section relating the preachings of John the Baptist.In this verse he predicts that he will be followed by someone much greater than himself. [a]Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. 1. He who thinks well, or he who talks well, is not wise in the sense of the Scripture, if he does not live and act well. In John 3:13 Jesus said, "No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man." 13 Who is … A man who is not wise cannot acquire wisdom by his own exertions; but any man can become learned if he have industry and memory. Friends in Mk 3:21 (KJV), means family, … 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? "my brethren" See notes at James 1:2 and 1:9. 3:2 For in many things we all stumble. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! The readers of the epistle would recall the bitter waters of Marah (Exodus 15:23), and the unwholesome spring at Jericho (2 Kings 2:19-21). James did not believe Jesus was Messiah during Jesus' lifetime. True wisdom may be know by the meekness of the spirit and temper. In fact, James uses the language of “wisdom” in verses 13 through 17, contrasting true and false wisdom by means of catalogues of character traits that exhibit first false, then true, wisdom. James 3:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV) 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Those springs, too, however short-lived, are remarkable for their copiousness and beauty. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. But it is a stumbling stone for those full of pride who think they are the center of the universe. How are they (and we) to handle the pressures of devastating health or financial problems, loneliness, manipulative relationships, or the daily frustrations that pile up and so easily lead their (our) gaze away from the pres… By showing partiality between rich and poor a. One is natural, the other acquired; one comes from God, the other from man. 32:9 we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. A man may be wise and unlearned; a man may be learned and be a fool. After all, if we were rich, that’s how we would want to be treated. "It is not simply a chain of one-after-another thoughts; there are easily distinguishable areas. Now follow, after the apostle’s method, two illustrations of this incongruity, taken from the natural world. The original heavens and earth came to an end due to God's judgment on the rebellious angels. James concludes the chapter by exploring what it means to be truly wise. Return to your white board and the list you made on Day 1. Selah. for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh …; cf, καταρωμένου γάρ σε ἐν πικρίᾳ ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ, So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. James 3:11. In verse 8, James seems to be anticipating his readers’ objections: “James, by showing the rich man to the best seat, we’re only following the biblical injunction to show proper honor where honor is due! In James 3:1-18 we see that the tongue has power; that it is by nature hypocritical; and that it can only be transformed from above. As an organization and era, Philadelphia has virtually disappeared, but individual Philadelphians can ensure their salvation by guarding the truth God reveals ( I Timothy 4:16 ; II Timothy 1:13-14 ; 3:14 ; Jude 1 :3). 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? What better way to be heard as a believer than to be a teacher of the gospel? sweet [water] and bitter: See Introduction, on James' local allusions. Doth a fountain send forth at the same opening, alternately, and at different times, sweet water and bitter — As if he had said, No such inconsistency is found in the natural world, and nothing of the kind ought to be known in the moral world. (d) Family: Read James 3:13-18. The Land of Promise was pictured to the Hebrew as a land of springs (Deuteronomy 8:7; Deuteronomy 11:11). Sadly, many of the decisions we see people make in this world are not … 3 Indeed, # Ps. 34:13 If anyone does not stumble in word, # (Matt. John 13:15 – I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. All rights reserved. James 3:13–18 questions our concept of who is wise and understanding. . True wisdom is not necessarily found in those with the most education, money, or friends. Read verse in New International Version The interrogative particle, μήτι, which begins the sentence, expects a negative answer. 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Doth a fountain send forth at the same place. Joshua 3:11, 13 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan . James 3:11-12. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? In typical fashion, James sets his trap and then springs it! ἐκ τοῦ αὐτοῦ στόματος, Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? Originum, l. 13. c. 13. p. 115. J Sidlow Baxter - We can scarcely agree with those who say that the epistle is "almost impossible to analyze. # Ps. JAMES 1:1 Who is James? Wise people live in the humility of wisdom, setting themselves aside to serve others. James 3:11-18 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? Letter of James: Inductive Bible Study Questions 3 2.7 Extra Credit. Fountain has the article, "the fountain," generic. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. The “venom of asps” is under the lips of sinners, “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive” (Romans 3:13; Psalm 5:9). 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? All along James has been focusing on how to live as Christians in the midst of continuing, ever-present trials in a twisted and fallen world. James says, “Show me your wisdom by your life!” The old King James Bible uses the word “conversation” (NASB= “good be… Support your answer. The Christians he is writing to are struggling and their struggles have led them to be tempted to even question God's presence, care, and activity in their lives. 12:34–37; James 3:2–12) he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. James shares the perspective of Paul and, in turn, of the psalmist. It is remarkable that the truly wise man is always characterized by a calm spirit, a mild and placid demeanor, and by a gentle, though firm, enunciation of his sentiments. Everyone makes many mistakes, James says; if someone didn’t make any verbal gaffes, such a person would be perfect. If any stumbleth not in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also. Context Summary. The Hebrew word for a fountain or spring is áyin, meaning an eye. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. In the light of James 1:13‐14, was Jesus’ temptation real? He thought Jesus was just a religious fanatic (CP Jn 7:2-5 with Mk 3:20-21, 31-35). Whether suddenly or slowly, life is eaten away and destroyed. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. A2A Thanks This is a wonderful idea full of much wisdom. James makes it clear that he refers not to talking too much by explaining that we ought to talk carefully, since everyone is liable to slip up (ptaio, “stumble” or “err”). 2 Peter 3:10-13. Some have understood these words to mean no one went to heaven before Jesus. 13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Sweet water and bitter - Fresh water and salt, James 3:12. "Palestine," says Dean Stanley, "was the only country where an Eastern could have been familiar with the language of the Psalmsist: 'He sendeth the springs into the valleys which run among the mountains.' Compare caves, Hebrews 11:38. True wisdom is always meek, mild, gentle; and that is the wisdom which is needful, if men would become public teachers. Revelation 3:11 True Philadelphians have enough doctrinal truth, devotion, obedience, and the grace of God to attain salvation if they hold fast. Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. We’re just following the golden rule!” With tongue in cheek, James says, “That’s fine! If you claim to be fulfilling God’s law of love, you’re doing well! My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? 2 For in many things we offend all. 3:11-12 Both questions in James 3:11 and 12 expect negative responses. This is a study guide commentary, which means that you are responsible for your own interpretation of the Bible. 3:1 Be not many of you teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive heavier judgment. Heavenly Versus Demonic Wisdom. James.indd ix 3/31/2009 9:13:12 AM. . Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. Yet, James urges us to consider the power of the tongue. James 3 1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. James quickly answers: the truly wise, understanding person is one whose faith in God leads to selfless good works. Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. The word is pleasantly suggestive in connection with the image of the eye of the landscape. 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 – Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 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