1871-8. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". The idea that James is here speaking only of religious teachers and their disputes, and another notion to the effect that James, writing to Jews of the Diaspora, directed these teachings against the wars of Jews with each other - both ideas, according to Lenski, "are untenable." James 2:20-26 We are justified, as Abraham and Rahab were, by. Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Ye adulterers and adulteresses — Who have broken your faith with God, your rightful spouse. James 4:4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament. There cannot be a passive condition to the faith of Christ: “he that is not with Me is against Me” (Matthew 12:30). Again in the New Testament: Matthew 12:39; Matthew 16:4; Mark 8:38; Revelation 2:20-22; Revelation 17:1; Revelation 17:5; Revelation 17:15, &c.; St. Paul’s description of the church (2 Corinthians 11:2), espoused “as a chaste virgin to Christ;” and comp. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". The forces of good and evil divide the land so sharply that there is no debatable ground, nor even halting-place between. The marriage metaphor was extensively used in the Old Testament, as in Isa. Therefore, James' words in this verse refer to the law of Christ in its entirety, and to the specific instance of certain Christians having broken it by their speaking against and judging one another, the specific part of that great law of Christ which they had violated being Matthew 7:1ff. Ye adulterers and adulteresses — Who have broken your faith with God, your rightful spouse. This is exactly what we are doing when we become unfaithful. The most important blessing of all is that God "will draw near" to them who draw near him. Indefinite relative clause with οστις — hostis and aorist active subjunctive of τηρεω — tēreō old verb, to guard (from τηρος — tēros guarding), as in Matthew 27:36, without αν — an (though often used, but only one example of modal εαναν — ean= αν — an in James, viz., James 4:4). Symbolically, adultery is used to express unfaithfulness to God, and we can easily see this in Israel's idolatry.God is represented as the husband of His people. Having here concluded his abrupt, powerful exhortations to the unsaved, James returned to his admonishing the "brethren. It is of special importance that Hebrews was also written to Christians and yet contains this very pronounced paragraph on the conversion of alien sinners; and there is no good reason for supposing that James did not do the same thing here. As Barclay said: Grace to the humble ... New Testament teaching on humility is all-pervasive. There is no need to equate "Lord" here with Jehovah of the Old Testament, despite the Old Testament term for it (without the article) being the one thus used in the LXX; because, by the time James wrote, and even much earlier, "Lord" had been almost universally adopted in Christianity as a designation of our Lord Jesus Christ, as witnessed by all of the Pauline writings, in fact, by the whole New Testament. As it relates to conversion, when one in penitence submits to the initiatory rite of Christian baptism, he is immediately "raised to walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4). James 2:13 The obligation to mercy. James 2:6. ὑμεῖς δέ] contrast to θεός. All rights reserved. Ye adulteresses ... Like "kill" in the preceding verses, this word too must be understood in the spiritual sense of unfaithfulness to God. Whether he succeed or not, if his wish be to be friend of the world, he renders himself, is constituted [ kathistatai (Greek #2525)] by the very fact, 'the enemy of God.' Being a friend of the world would be bad enough for the spiritual Christian, but the added consequence is even worse. This also suggests that it is initial Christian acceptance of the gospel that is in view here. Compare John 15:18-20. Heb. It is the immediate present, the seen and temporal, of which our senses bear witness, in contrast to the unseen and eternal ...", ". That's the way life is. F6 Of course, all of the New Testament writers were aware of the Master's teaching in Matthew 5:21,22, where the antecedent motives and attitudes leading to murder were exposed and judged as murder. In the Arab world, "There is constantly heard the expression, `Imsh' Allah, meaning `If Allah wills.'" Search using our Online Bible by Topic, Verse Reference or Phrase. 10:22ff, has a marked application to conversion, faith, repentance and baptism, all three being specifically referred to. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. James 4:4. b Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Oesterley thought that "For the most part this epistle is a collection of independent sayings"; F1 but the viewpoint advocated here is that every portion of it fit beautifully and appropriately into the one theme of "Perfection" which ties every word of it into a cohesive whole. 4:4 adulterous people. James … Oesterley perceptively attributed James' teaching in this verse to the teaching of Jesus (Matthew 23:23), wherein Christ laid down the law that "sins of omission are as sinful as those of commission." The world - in so far as men's motives and acts are alien to God; e.g., selfish "lusts" (James 4:3), covetous and ambitions "wars" (James 4:1). When references are found in other StudyLight.org reference tools, a hyperlink will appear in the right-hand column, allowing you to move to that resource and expand your Bible study. And this is a battle that you can"t win. James 4:1-10 [ Verse 4 in Original: Greek ] [ Read Chapter | Discuss these Verses ] 1 What F64 is the source of quarrels and conflicts R136 among you? In a sense philia pictures one falling in love with the world and that if you do this you will begin to hate God! James 4:4. Cleanse your hands ... is parallel with "purify your hearts" and means exactly the same thing. Thompson Chain Reference Concordance is linked to Torrey's Topical Textbook, Nave's Topical Bible, Easton's Bible Dictionary, the King James Dictionary, Smith's Bible Dictionary, and Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary. 1974. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Jesus used it in John 3:29; and also in Matt. Warning Against Worldliness. The unconverted, who make up a part of every Christian audience, are plainly intended as recipients of the exhortation here. Jesus said, "Whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted" (Matthew 23:12), in the light of which Gibson saw here "a further parallel with our Lord's teachings." As noted in the introduction, James here included a series of blunt, power-packed exhortations, running through James 4:10. Although James was not at this point introducing a specific text, the inherent truth in this is that Christians were familiar with the New Testament teaching regarding the indwelling Spirit, and the fruits of it, which never included envy! F21 We might add also, "indicating that the people addressed had not already done them." You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. Read and study James 4 with the Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Expositors greatly differ in the explanation of this verse, according as they explain the verb διεκρίθητε , and understand οὐ as a pure negation, or as an interrogative particle. 16:7, and in Heb. How we downplay and excuse our own sins! Thus it is safe to view James' words here as directed toward the solution of "a spiritual problem within the circle of believers." Joy is the keynote of the New Testament. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. What follows in this verse shews, that by adultery St. James meant spiritual idolatry, or a love of the world more than of God. By such devices as these, modern theologians get rid of the great Christian ordinances of baptism and the Lord's supper, the obligations of church membership and attendance, and everything else except "the law of love," rather nebulously interpreted to mean "merely being a nice guy!" Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, "You are like an unfaithful wife who loves her husband"s enemies….we are not just sinning against law, but against love. Tomorrow is our apple, and we'll cut it up like we please. As a student, graduate or team member of MIUD you have at your disposal a large collection of online Bible study tools and resources. James applies this and states clearly that if you are a friend of the world you are the enemy of God. It is rather startling that James would refer to the disputes and wranglings of church members in such terms as "wars and fightings"; but is this not actually the nature of them? BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on James 4:4". James 4:4. know ye not that the friendship of the world. Extensive treatment of this question is given in my Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, pp. James 2:7 - Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called? In addition you can use the Interlinear Bible and much more to enhance your understanding of God's word. Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world — Makes it his business to comply with and gratify worldly men, thereby constitutes himself an enemy of God — And takes part with his adversaries. Friendship with the world places you in the alliance which includes the devil (Matthew 13:39). Ye adulterers and adulteresses Not who were literally such, but in a figurative and metaphorical sense: as he is an adulterer that removes his affections from his own wife, and sets them upon another woman; and she is an adulteress that loves not her husband, but places her love upon another man; so such men and women are adulterers and adulteresses, who, instead of loving God, … "James cannot be thinking of wars and fightings between nations." (TCNT). Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4. Be subject therefore unto God ... That primary Christian obedience is inherent in this admonition is apparent from McNab's comment: Of course, if men submit to God, they must resist Satan in order to do so initially, and recurrently ever afterward. As Tasker pointed out, the Christian failure to honor James' commandment is not due "to a horror of hypocrisy," but to an unwillingness to honor the "supremacy of God." The conduct James described was not that of mere thoughtlessness, but that of consciously leaving God out of consideration in the making of human plans. 2:23, and Titus 3:9. Joseph Benson's Commentary. God is the rightful husband; the men of the world are collectively one adulteress; individually, adulteresses. James 4:4, KJV: "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? God knows the heart! Even the privilege of drawing near to some great man, such as a president, a prince or a king excites and challenges men, and how much greater is the privilege of drawing near to the Almighty God himself! https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/james-4.html. "makes himself"-People are not predestined to be the enemies of God. It is either one or the other, but not both. The Lord is, as is usual in the Epistle of St. James, not Christ, but God. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Gibson summarized concerning this question, thus: In the scholarly opinion thus cited by Gibson, the admission is clear enough that the teachings of Jesus Christ are the law James here referred to; but it should be particularly noted that such opinion does not consider the whole of Christ's teaching as "the law." Some unsaved persons may indeed laugh; but let them recognize their separation from God, and their laughter will be replaced with weeping and mourning. One only is lawgiver ... judge ... Moses was known as the great "lawgiver" of the Old Testament; and it is not amiss, therefore, to see his great antitype, Jesus Christ the Holy One, as the lawgiver and judge referred to here. The Expositor's Greek Testament. Paul spoke of "fightings within and fears without." James 2:3 - and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, 'You sit here in a good place,' and you say to the poor man, 'You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,' on StudyLight… https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/james-4.html. We have repeatedly noted his amazing familiarity with the whole spectrum of Christian doctrine. Friendship with the world also involves simply becoming so comfortable with the world that we are no longer offended by worldly attitudes, speech, dress or actions. F39 Phillips' translation of this is, "Well, remember that if a man knows what is right and fails to do it, his failure is a real sin." The last portion of this verse has a parallel in it, thus: Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; And purify your hearts, ye double-minded. For those who have been "made nigh in the blood of Christ" (. And Christians just don"t fall away by accident. That it is Christ whom James had in view here is plain from his stressing the law of Christ in the very next two verses. 10:22ff, where faith, repentance and baptism are laid out as preconditions of drawing near to God "in Christ.". Our Lord taught that the "riches and pleasures of this life choke out the word of God" (Luke 8:14); and James dealt with both, pleasures here, and riches at the beginning of the next chapter. F29 It is found, however, a number of times in the New Testament: Acts 18:21; Acts 21:14, 1 Cor. In both the O.T. Here indeed is a formula for introducing a Scriptural passage, and there followed a quotation from Prov. Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Whosoever - will be a friend of the world -, philia tou kosmou) is the love of that world; of the maxims which govern it, the principles which reign there, the ends that are sought, the amusements and gratifications which characterize it as distinguished from the church of God. Too few of us know what he went through when he went out and wept bitterly and repented" (p. 120). Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". Let the servant of the Lord beware of this. 10:28, which is usually cited as proof that the reference is to "God" and not to "Christ"; but it should be noted that Jesus, later in that same gospel, represented himself as being the one who would save and destroy by his judicial "Come ye blessed," or "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire" (Matthew 25:31ff), nor does the passage in Matt. 1905. Welcome to Master's Online Digital Library developed and hosted by StudyLight.org. "We may not necessarily do the things of the world, but we accept what they do and have become comfortable with it" (Draper p. 119). Copyright StatementCopyright 2008. James 4:4 New International Version (NIV). No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the author, except as provided by U.S.A. copyright laws. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". The unity of the triune godhead makes it futile to inquire whether God or the Holy Spirit is the subject here. James 1. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. Ward identifies the great sin of omission as "the failure to receive and obey the word of God." Christians need to remember that we are married to Christ! It drives men to wickedness, envy, hatred, even murder. E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament. 2. James 4:4. First, Christ forbade it; also, it inevitably bears fruit in the proliferation of harsh judgments; it is negative, unhelpful and destructive; it contravenes the love principle that binds Christians together "in Christ"; it usually is a mark of blindness, the participant in harsh judging usually being as deficient, or more, than the one judged. This is deplorable. No thieves or robbers shall injure us! Resist the devil and he will flee from you ... brings to mind the initial scene in our Lord's ministry, that of his resisting Satan in the wilderness temptation (Matthew 4:8), which ended by Satan's "leaving him for a season." James 4:4 You adulterous people! What a failure! James, following in the example of Jesus in drawing illustrations from nature, illuminated his teaching with the metaphor of vapor, a fog or mist. "Commentary on James 4:4". Oesterley thought that "For the most part this epistle is a collection of independent sayings"; F1 but the viewpoint advocated here is that every portion of it fit beautifully and appropriately into the one theme of "Perfection" which ties every word of it into a cohesive whole. 102-117. Used by Permission. He commanded that "He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord" (2 Corinthians 10:17). 4 You adulterers! 1983-1999. Dead links, typos, or HTML errors should be sent tocorr@studylight.orgSuggestions about making this resource more useful should be sent tosugg@studylight.org. whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. "The Bible Study New Testament". Go to. The sense is familiar to us from many passages in the Old Testament, in which God speaks of Israel in a similar manner, e.g., Psalms 73:27; Isaiah 54:5; Jeremiah 2:2; Ezekiel 16 passim; Ezekiel 23:37-43; Hosea 2:2. You do not have, because you do not ask. This theme was stated at the outset (), thus: "That ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing." "As an adulterous wife is unfaithful to her husband, so your spiritual adultery is unfaithful to your God!" https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/james-4.html. "therefore whoever"-This applies to everyone. ἠτιμάσατε] contrast to ἐξελέξατο. (Comp. Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Thus “faith without works is dead” is a main theme of the first two chapters, and it is expanded and developed in chapters 3-5, including this paragraph, 4:4-10. The aorist is used with reference to the case stated in James 2:2-3, which is certainly of a general character (Wiesinger). James 2:1-9 It is not agreeable to the Christian profession to. You do not have because you do not ask. The weather will be good; transportation will be available; we shall meet with no accident; no car will be wrecked, airplane fall, or train derail; we shall arrive exactly as planned. Anything that the Spirit of God does to bless men may also appropriately be said to be what God does. Read full chapter This is in keeping with God's law as seen in the whole universe. James 4:4 4 a You adulterous people! Too few of us know what he went through when he went out and wept bitterly and repented", Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. d. Talking like the world - swearing, all the fad language twists, or inappropriate topics. F36 It is truly amazing that hardly a line of this entire epistle may be found without this same connection. f. Having a world mind-set - being focused on what is going on here, when we ought to be focused on getting there. Know ye not that the friendship of the world — The desire of the flesh, the desire of the eye, and the pride of life, yielded to, to gain the favour of carnal and worldly men; or a conformity to such in their sinful courses, in order to gain their friendship; is enmity with God — Is an evident proof thereof? F33 It is a beautiful and eloquent testimony of their religious faith and zeal; and a similar witness should not be absent from Christianity. We simply cannot have an affection for the world and for God at the same time. (p. 118). You just can"t claim to love God and participate in sin at the same time (Matthew 6:24; 1 John 2:15). ", Speaketh against the law ... "James does not here use `the law' as a reference to the Mosaic Law, because he is writing to Christians, not to Jews." Verse by Verse Bible Study on www.thecloudchurch.org through the book of James, covering chapter 4 and verses four through seventeen by Robert Breaker. How would you feel if your husband or wife had an affair with someone who was clearly your enemy? . 4 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? works, and not by faith only. James 4:4. 4 You adulterous people, [] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? This is the same thing that Jesus teaches in Matthew 12:30. Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13.). BibliographyBenson, Joseph. Who is there among men who would not like to draw near to God? Holman Bible Dictionary is linked to Easton's Bible Dictionary, Torrey's New Topical Textbook, Nave's Topical Bible, Smith's Bible Dictionary, the King James Dictionary, and Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary. Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. It is one thing to break the law and another thing to break the heart of someone who loves you….How do you suppose God feels when we, who have been redeemed by his love, treat him with rebellion and ingratitude?" The pursuit of pleasure must be regarded by every Christian as a fruitless and dangerous course, loaded with all kinds of disastrous consequences. Is it not this, that your passions [] are () at war within you? BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. Choose a verse from 'James 2' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org StudyLıght .org . ... James 4:4 … Friendship with the world ... refers to a Christian's loving the pleasures, enticements and lusts of society in general, a friendship that tends inevitably to forsaking the Lord. ... James 4:4 … Unfaithfulness is breaking your marriage vow to God. F35. double-minded — divided between God and the world. James 4:4. James 2:10-12 The guilt of any one breach of the law. James 4:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 4:4, NIV: "You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God?Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God." F1 Roberts, quoting Arndt and Gingrich, noted that the Greek word for "fightings" "is used always in the plural and always of battles carried on with weapons." And the sooner the soldier of Christ learns to expect its animosity, the better will he give himself up to the battle. College Press, Joplin, MO. 5-Day Commentary Challenge - James 4. The only true safety is in nearness to God. Pleasures that war in your members ... As in practically every line of this letter, the teachings of Jesus are in focus. It provides strength against temptation. 3 Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Adulterers: which is here taken in a figurative sense for those who love creatures more than God, the true spouse of their souls; who reflect not that the love and friendship of this world is an enemy to God, and the true manner of serving him. Read verse in New King James Version The Mosaic law's being abrogated could never mean that God's eternal principle of governing mankind through law was thereby repealed. (Hebrews 4:12-13). For further comment, see in my Commentary on Matthew, p. 90. The type of glorying James had just outlined, in which men flaunted all kinds of ambitions and godless plans without any reference whatever to Almighty God, was reprehensible and sinful. F32 This is contrary to what James said. James 2:10-12 The guilt of any one breach of the law. Read verse in New King James Version Enmity - not merely 'inimical,' but enmity itself (cf. The blunt, powerful charges made in this verse are difficult to punctuate; but Tasker's arrangement of them in a parallel seems to be commendable: And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. It is not necessary to apply these verses (through James 4:17) to the rich only. As Punchard noted, "Peter used the same quotation (1 Peter 5:5); and it seems to have been a common saying, a maxim of the wise that had become, as it were, a law of life." "The law" spoken of here is the law of Jesus Christ, the law of the gospel, the law of the New Testament, the Christian law. Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world; Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, οἱ δὲ ἐν σαρκὶ ὄντες θεῷ ἀρέσαι οὐ δύνανται, "In the simplest sense of the word, the world is each man"s natural environment, that into which he enters at birth, and from which he departs in death. 10:28 deny this. The salutation of James reads: "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting." "You are like an unfaithful wife who loves her husband"s enemies….we are not just sinning against law, but against love. This conclusion is made more certain by James' immediate employment of a number of expressions used elsewhere in the New Testament for conversion, or primary obedience to the gospel. Click the Bible to visit the new StudyLight.org being developed!! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? It sets men at each other's throats; the basic desires for money, power, prestige, and worldly possessions, for the gratification of bodily lusts (lead men to) trample each other down in the rush to grasp them. And then there are members, who will not openly rebel against God, and they will keep on coming week after week to services, but who inwardly wish that they could do what people in the world are doing. Bible > Interlinear > James 1:4 James 1:4 James 1 - Click for Chapter. James 4:4. “Woe unto you, when all men speak well of you” (Luke 6:26), for the world, as our Lord has taught us, must “love its own” (John 15:19). Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?—i.e., the state of being an enemy to God, not one of simpler enmity with Him. "Commentary on James 4:4". Rather, the person who chooses the world instead of God has established himself as God"s enemy. And trade ... Ah yes! c. Doing what the world likes to do - parties, provocative clothes, and provocative life style. Gibson saw in this "a remarkable correspondence with the words of Paul (Romans 14:23)." The mourning mentioned both by Jesus and James is that godly sorrow which produces repentance, and without which salvation is not promised (Luke 13:3,5). The rich and the poor in the Book of James #3 . F11 The answer, of course, is in understanding the metaphor. And get gain ... 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