Not auricular confession. It was the habit of the Jews to see divine judgment behind all the troubles of life, but Jesus rebuked them for being simplistic (John 9:2-3). 13. afflicted--referring to the "suffering affliction" ( James 5:10 ). This is an interjection, a word which is defined as … 3 Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. James often repeats the idea that what a person does reflects what he believes. 433 page commentary. James here refers to Matthew 5:34 , &c. let your yea be yea--Do not use oaths in your everyday conversation, but let a simple affirmative or denial be deemed enough to establish your word. The latter rain that shall precede the coming spiritual harvest, will probably be another Pentecost-like effusion of the Holy Ghost. 17. They have the opportunity to save souls from death (James 5:19–20). In contrast to this stands the proper use of the tongue, James 5:13 . But he is not sending this letter to them. The oldest authorities read, "Confess, THEREFORE," &c. Not only in the particular case of sickness, but universally confess. Everyone ought to seek the salvation of everyone [BENGEL]. 2 Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. So, those who believe prayer works should pray (James 5:16–18)! Warning to Rich Oppressors. This is the name it and claim it theology. 15. prayer--He does not say the oil shall save: it is but the symbol. of … miseries that shall come--literally, "that are coming upon you" unexpectedly and swiftly, namely, at the coming of the Lord ( James 5:7 ); primarily, at the destruction of Jerusalem; finally, at His visible coming to judge the world. Three and a half years is the time also that the two witnesses prophesy who "have power to shut and open heaven that it rain not.". JAMES 5 COMME TARY EDITED BY GLE PEASE Warning to Rich Oppressors 1 ow listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Power In Suffering (5:13) In verse 13 James returns to the subject of suffering. He is identical with the "coming Lord" Jesus ( James 5:7 ). (James 5:15,16). . The rule for all ages includes prayer for the suffering ( James 5:13 ); the special rule for the miraculous healing still available when James wrote is given in the next two verses. He kept the faith in terrible suffering in the loss of his children, and even unto the pain and suffering in his own body. (13-14) How to meet needs arising among Christians. Benson Commentary James 5:1. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) James 5:7-10. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. The prayers of the elders over the sick would be much the same as though the whole Church which they represent should pray [BENGEL]. Their self-indulgence has succeeded only in “fattening” them “for the day of slaughter” (James 5:5). EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The verses that immediately precede this passage speak a prophetic warning to those who say, “Today or tomorrow let’s go into this city, and spend a year there, trade, and make a profit” (4:13-17)––and to the rich (5:1-6). Paul and Silas sang psalms even in affliction. Why is James 5:12 thought to be a separate unit of thought? Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. that--ALFORD and others translate, "inasmuch as," "for." unto the coming of the Lord--Christ, when the trial of your patience shall cease. . Each of us must walk in the light we have. Your explanations have a calming and reassuring effect on the reader: A reminder that God is … When James (5:3) says, “It is in the last days you have stored up your treasure,” he is referring to the entire period between Christ’s ascension and second coming, which is viewed as “the last days” (Acts 2:17; 2 Tim. God doth "resist the proud" ( James 4:6 ); but Jesus as man, "as a sheep is dumb before the shearers, so He opened not His mouth": so His people are meek under persecution. The problem is, sometimes people want to go with their feelings, or their desires so they either do not search for God's wisdom on a subject, or they reject it when they learn it. Yet, “Probably James jotted it down as an after-thought, to emphasize the warning of James 5:9; in excitement or irritation there was a temptation to curse and swear violently and profanely.” (Moffatt) C. Exhortations for Christians to care for one another. 1 Peter 4:7 , "is at hand." . CALVIN thinks the sense is, Your riches perish without being of any use either to others or even to yourselves, for instance, your garments which are moth-eaten in your chests. Sin is clearly in view in the next verse (5:15). You can find the best commentary on James for you using the tools on … Weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you— Quickly and unexpectedly. Commentary on Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29. judge . The Greek is the same in both passages. sing psalms--of praise. The same word ought to be translated, "endurance," James 1:3 . 1-6. Commentaries on James. This action will have the effect of strengthening one who is weak and tired. Their greatest sin was not paying them to the poor, whose wages is their all. Having exhorted them to patience in bearing wrongs from the wicked, he now exhorts them to a forbearing spirit as to the offenses given by brethren. In Romans 9:29 it is a quotation. Salem Media Group. Job--This passage shows the history of him is concerning a real, not an imaginary person; otherwise his case could not be quoted as an example at all. James agrees, for he says, "if he have committed sins" (v. 15), implying that sin might or might not be at the root of the sickness. Many sins "cry" to heaven for vengeance which men tacitly take no account of, as unchastity and injustice [BENGEL]. The "keeping back of the hire" was, on the part OF the rich, virtually an act of "fraud," because the poor laborers were not immediately paid. Published originally in 1871. James 5:1-20 . It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! James 5:1-12 These small group studies of James contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. 8. coming . of It is evident, then, that James is prescribing prayer and medicine.'" Its reality is a sign of ultimate salvation and the New Age. of tender mercy--The former refers to the "feeling"; the latter, to the act. James 4:5. God wants to give us wisdom even more than we want wisdom. James 5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. The Church's role in physical healing (James 5:13-18) 1. Physical healing is a NT fact, as certain as spiritual healing. James 5:10 "Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience." James refers to Deuteronomy 24:14 Deuteronomy 24:15 , "At this day . Even if English Version be retained, the receiving of the early and latter rains is not to be understood as the object of his hope, but the harvest for which those rains are the necessary preliminary. It means to cross the rights of someone else. 5… Finally, people who are in the community of Christ should make an attempt to go and rescue those who have wandered away and into sin. 1:2). “Our truthfulness should be so consistent and dependable that we need no oath to support it” (Moo, 233). The epistle was probably written before the Gentile congregations Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Instead, Be Patient Verse 1 This chapter has a dramatic denunciation of the wealthy class who had murdered the Messiah, that is, the rich Sadducean aristocracy in Jerusalem who had slain "the Just One" (James 5:6), and whose approaching doom was prophetically announced in this denunciation. . Hence it was an appropriate sign in performing miraculous cures. James 5:16-20 James 5:1-6 " 1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. I want to show you the two ways to look at it. . To "murmur against one another" is virtually to judge, and so to become liable to be judged. You have laid up treasure  for the last days. [See for example Abraham (Genesis 26:24), Moses (Joshua 1:1), David (Psalm 36:1).] Paul and James have often been contrasted with each other, particularly in regard to their attitudes towards the relationship between faith and works. It is to be done in a spirit of gentleness (Galatians 6:1,2). It is accomplished by the power of His gospel (Romans 1:16). They have the opportunity to save souls from death (James 5:19–20). as in a day of slaughter--The oldest authorities omit "as." Otherwise you will be condemned." Yet, “Probably James jotted it down as an after-thought, to emphasize the warning of James 5:9; in excitement or irritation there was a temptation to curse and swear violently and profanely.” (Moffatt) C. Exhortations for Christians to care for one another. . until he receive--"until it receive" [ALFORD]. A. Although a prophet with a special commission, he was still a human subject to feelings or emotions “like ours.” As a man, he was no different than any other upright person. He effects this by making the convert partaker in the Christian covenant for the remission of all sins. A. just as we find in 1 Corinthians 6:2 the Church's highest judicial function. Its reality is a sign of ultimate salvation and the New Age. Go to now--Come now. Oil in the East, and especially among the Jews (see the Talmud, Jerusalem and Babylon), was much used as a curative agent. 16. Commentary on Mark 9:38-50. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Such, not those who "have lived in pleasure and been wanton on the earth" ( James 5:5 ), are "happy." Its "preciousness" (compare Psalms 126:6 , "precious seed") will more than compensate for all the past. 3 Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. . The absolution of the sick, retained in the Church of England, refers to the sins which the sick man confesses ( James 5:16 ) and repents of, whereby outward scandal has been given to the Church and the cause of religion; not to sins in their relation to God, the only Judge. Weep and howl: In the style of an Old Testament prophet, James tells the rich to mourn in consideration of their destiny (the miseries that are coming upon you). Before leaving these two verses, the sharp distinction between James 5:13 and James 5:14,15 should be marked. James 5:14, ESV: "Is anyone among you sick? Hence, learn, though much tried, to "endure to the end." There are two qualifications to this prayer: 1) ask in faith and 2) in the name of the Lord. It is a translation of the idea behind the Hebrew term Lord of Hosts (compare Romans 9:29 with Isaiah 1:9), which means "the Lord of armies," especially heavenly and angelic armies. for the last days--Ye have heaped together, not treasures as ye suppose (compare Luke 12:19 ), but wrath against the last days, namely, the coming judgment of the Lord. The term Lord of Sabaoth in James 5:4 should not be confused with the term Lord of the Sabbath. (James Commentary) Come now - NLT has "Look here, you rich people!" 3:1 Heb. 124-125). James 4:5. Scripture: James 5:16–20. . and wantoned." lest . James wrote, in this way, toshow his Christian readers that it is foolish to trust in *riches. The salvation of the one so converted shall be manifested hereafter. . 8 You also be patient. His pity is shown in not laying on the patient endurer more trials than he is able to bear; His mercy, in His giving a happy "end" to the trials [BENGEL]. To James it was an honour to make himself a slave, and to belong to God and to the *Lord Jesus. BAR ES, "Go to now - Notes, Jam_4:13. John Piper Mar 11, 1990 171 Shares Sermon. The early rain fell at sowing time, about November or December; the latter rain, about March or April, to mature the grain for harvest. Gospel. . The day of slaughter seems to be a reference to the day in which God judges those whom he called to lead and care for … John Piper Feb 28, 1993 17 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him The *Scripture calls some of the great people in *Israel’s history slaves or servants of God. anointing him with oil--The usage which Christ committed to His apostles was afterwards continued with laying on of hands, as a token of the highest faculty of medicine .in the Church. nourished . Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament. . James, like them, lived to serve God and the people of God. effectual--intense and fervent, not "wavering" ( James 1:6 ), [BEZA]. . fire--not with the slow process of rusting, but with the swiftness of consuming fire. Nothing can more "stablish the heart" amidst present troubles than the realized expectation of His speedy coming. let him pray--not "swear" in rash impatience. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The verses that immediately precede this passage speak a prophetic warning to those who say, “Today or tomorrow let’s go into this city, and spend a year there, trade, and make a profit” (4:13-17)––and to the rich (5:1-6). There is a continuing emphasis on a negative use of the tongue (James 5:9,12 as 5:13-20 is a positive use of the tongue). In the third Sunday of Advent, the epistle reading shifts from Paul’s letter to the Romans, to the Epistle of James. 3. is cankered--"rusted through" [ALFORD]. The connection of sin and sickness is implied in Isaiah 33:24 , Matthew 9:2-5 , John 5:14 . . rust . Compare the same image, Galatians 6:3 Galatians 6:9 . Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. This most likely refers to those of Act 8:1–4. In 1 Kings 17:1 it is plainly implied, "As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word." The former expresses luxurious effeminacy; the latter, wantonness and prodigality. This most likely refers to those of Act 8:1–4. Do ye think that the Scripture saith in vain — Without good ground, or that it speaks falsely. one to another--not to the priest, as Rome insists. James 4 James 5 1 Peter 1. 5. condemnation--literally, "judgment," namely, of "the Judge" who "standeth before the doors" ( James 5:9 ). James 5 Bible Commentary. Compare "the everlasting doors" ( Psalms 24:7 , whence He shall come forth). This suits the collocation of the Greek words and the sense well. . September 27, 2009. Compare other apostolic usages now discontinued rightly, 1 Corinthians 11:4-15 , 16:20 . A must for the expository preacher. He has ordained that we be saved through the means of preaching the gospel, but prayer is also a means of salvation.We have seen that it is His will that we pray; it fits into the design of His purpose. Buy it! Sins peculiarly offensive to God are said to "cry" to Him. Commentary on James 5:7-10 View Bible Text . James 5:15-16. Scripture: James 5:13–18. CONTEXTUAL INSIGHTS TO JAMES 5:13-20. Before leaving these two verses, the sharp distinction between James 5:13 and James 5:14,15 should be marked. which endure--The oldest authorities read, "which have endured," which suits the sense better than English Version: "Those who in past days, like the prophets and Job, have endured trials." The unbelieving Jews, being exceedingly addicted to sensual pleasure, and very covetous, were of course grievous oppressors of the poor. like passions as we--therefore it cannot be said that he was so raised above us as to afford no example applicable to common mortals like ourselves. ... and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. The Greek is literally, "groan": a half-suppressed murmur of impatience and harsh judgment, not uttered aloud or freely. James presents the idea that unless a Christian confesses and deals with his sin, God will set him on a course of physical sickness or even death (1:15, 21; 5:20). God has no obligation to heal except within His will. WOES COMING ON THE WICKED RICH: BELIEVERS SHOULD BE PATIENT UNTO THE LORD'S COMING: VARIOUS EXHORTATIONS. 433 page commentary. God wants us to know what is right, and do what is right. 4. In the life to come, their riches will be revealed as corrupted, moth-eaten and corroded. CONTEXTUAL INSIGHTS TO JAMES 5:13-20. (New Commentary, James, Fausset, and Brown) 11) What will save (or heal) the sick? Now we hit some of the most debated over passages in the Bible. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 19. The Book of James – A Detailed Commentary Basic Training Bible Ministries Page 4 The Greeting (1:1) The book is addressed to Jewish believers scattered by persecution. James intends this address to rich Jewish unbelievers, not so much for themselves, as for the saints, that they may bear with patience the violence of the rich ( James 5:7 ), knowing that God will speedily avenge them on their oppressors [BENGEL]. Christians, who bear the former patiently, sometimes are impatient at the latter, though much less grievous. Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. So, those who believe prayer works should pray (James 5:16–18)! The Lord's coming to destroy Jerusalem is primarily referred to; and ultimately, His coming again visibly to judgment. the end of the Lord--the end which the Lord gave. Though he showed much of impatience, yet he always returned to this, that he committed himself wholly to God, and at last showed a perfect spirit of enduring submission. The "righteous" is one himself careful to avoid "faults," and showing his faith by works ( James 2:24 ). In Mark 9:38, John directs a comment towards Jesus on behalf of the disciples that is the epitome of myopia. James 5 Commentary; ROBERT JOHNSTONE Commentary Epistle of James. Salem Media Group. garments . . cries of them--a double cry; both that of the hire abstractly, and that of the laborers hired. the truth--the Gospel doctrine and precepts. give his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it, lest he CRY against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee." James 5 Commentary; ROBERT JOHNSTONE Commentary Epistle of James. A “trespass” is not the same as a sin. The “prayer of faith” is always “in the name of the Lord” (5:14). . shall hide a multitude of sins--not his own, but the sins of the converted. 2. corrupted--about to be destroyed through God's curse on your oppression, whereby your riches are accumulated ( James 5:4 ). 1. The meaning of this verse is very difficult: it is one of the dark sayings of Scripture. three years, &c.--Compare 1 Kings 18:1 , "The third year," namely, from Elijah's going to Zarephath; the prophecy ( James 5:1 ) was probably about five or six months previously. labourers--literally "workmen." they--rather, "it": his having committed sins shall be forgiven him. . Their self-indulgence has succeeded only in “fattening” them “for the day of slaughter” (James 5:5). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. (James Commentary) Come now - NLT has "Look here, you rich people!" Let him--the converted. patience--rather, "endurance," answering to "endure": the Greek words similarly corresponding. #1 – Healing is just a prayer away. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. James 5:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 5:14, NIV: "Is anyone among you sick? 2. A still greater sin was their not paying their debts. But above all--as swearing is utterly alien to the Christian meek "endurance" just recommended. But all the innocent blood shed, and to be shed, is included, the Holy Spirit comprehending James himself, called "the Just," who was slain in a tumult. 9. Grudge not--rather "Murmur not"; "grumble not." James 5 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. Is anyone among you sick? The justice or righteousness of Jesus and His people is what peculiarly provoked the ungodly great men of the world. 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