I. James 3:1-12 - Victory over an Unruly Tongue. Salem Media Group. That is a lot of talking! We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. So Milton, in his Paradise Lost, speaks of "an universe of death," and "a world of woe." Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. ), so particularly must the tongue be kept from “evil-speaking, lying, and slandering,” and used rightly for the service of God. A world of iniquity - A little world of evil in itself. (3) Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their … 15. A resource for the whole church from … Brainwave 075: Lectionary Texts for 13 September 2009. James 3:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 3:6, NIV: "The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. (3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them … sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper", there is no arrow but the tongue, according to Jeremiah 9:8 and there is no mighty one but God, Isaiah 42:13 "coals of juniper", , these are hell.''. And what evil is there which may not be originated or fomented by the tongue? So Anacreon: "The chariot-wheel, like life, runs rolling round,". This Sunday’s passage involves one of the more peculiar passages in the New Testament. The meaning is, that a great collection of iniquity proceeds from the tongue. Then it means the course run by a wheel; a circular course or circuit. See on 2 Peter 2:13. By Rev Charles Seet. cit., p. 946. The man who has a slandering tongue, cannot … The voice of Thy thunder teas in the heaven, Thy lightnings lightened the world: Ἡ ΓΛῶΣΣΑ ΚΑΘΊΣΤΑΤΑΙ ἘΝ ΤΟῖς ΜΈΛΕΣΙΝ ἩΜῶΝ Ἡ ΣΠΙΛΟῦΣΑ ὍΛΟΝ ΤῸ ΣῶΜΑ, the tongue is that which defiles the whole body, inasmuch as being that which both inflames and is itself inflamed, being that which both inflames and is inflamed, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. From the radical sense, to run, comes the meaning course, as the course of the sun; and from this a place for running, a race-course. Only here and Jde 1:23. James 3:1–12 contains the single most sustained discussion in the New Testament on the use of the tongue. James A WATCH ON THE DOOR OF THE LIPS Jam 3:1-15‘THERE is a recurrence to earlier teaching in Jam 1:19; Jam 1:26, which latter verse suggests the figure of the bridle.James has drunk deep into Old Testament teaching as to the solemn worth of speech, and into Christ’s declaration that by their words men will be justified or … To which purpose are those words of the Talmud (k); "whoever uses an evil tongue, the holy blessed God says to hell, I concerning him above, and thou concerning him below, will judge him, as it is said, Psalm 120:3. September 6, 2009. Hence, often a wheel. The course of nature (τροχὸν τῆς γενέσεως). The tongue is so set among our member… Then, again, there are the “foolish talkings” (Ephesians 5:4), and worse, the jestings at holy things, and misquotations of Scripture: all to be avoided as not becoming saints. In one year's time the average person's words would fill 132 books, each containing 400 pages! Yet James writes that wisdom and understanding are to be shown by one's conduct, done in meekness. is—literally, "is constituted." Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) James 3:1-12 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: James seems to be moving in a very different direction after his discourse on works, which concluded, "faith apart from works is dead" (2:14-26). Tertullian says: "The whole revolving wheel of existence bears witness to the resurrection of the dead." It occupies a position and relation so important in respect to every part of our moral frame, that there is no portion which is not affected by it. To counter this common failure to practice self-criticism, James reminds us that we all fall short of what we should … The evidence of the perfect man (James 3:2) B. In James 2:14ff. It also means a race, and a generation or age. The idea here is, that that which causes the tongue to do so much evil derives its origin from hell. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. James has indeed been talking about the tongue, and he is going to take the matter even farther in chapter 3. James 3:6. If all men were dumb, what a portion of the crimes of the world would soon cease! James uses two analogies here to make the point that the tongue is small, but mighty: the bit and the rudder.
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