4.  R. C. H. Lenski, The Interpretation of ... the Epistle of James (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1938), p. 600. The town's most notorious gossip, who was also a religious leader, responded, saying: I apologize, Sister, our altar is only ten feet long; but whatever part of it you can get on there, go right ahead! God holds us all accountable for what we have learned as well as how we instruct others. Bless we the Lord ... "The Jewish custom, whenever they named God, of adding, `Blessed be he,'" very likely lies behind this. Think of the example of Adolph Hitler in the latter case, or of Henry Clay in the other. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. © 2020 Christianity.com. James 3:13-18. But that shouldn’t distract preachers from the clear, strong, timely emphasis on the importance of considering the effects of what we say. His purpose here, therefore, was not that of explaining how men could achieve perfection through bridling the tongue, but rather that of demonstrating the absolute inability of any mortal to attain perfection apart from the Lord Jesus Christ. An uncontrolled tongue is closely allied with the inherent wickedness of unregenerated human carnality. We are responsible for what we say (James 3:2-12). For example, this verse, using "masters" instead of teachers, derived from the exact meaning of "masters" in the year 1611, at which time it was understood throughout the English-speaking world as a short-form of "schoolmasters." " The "we" in this place is accommodative, through considerations of tact, and is used in exactly the same manner as Paul's frequent use of it in such passages as Hebrews 2:3; 6:3, etc. Their character denies any goodness that might otherwise have appeared in their pious talk. The character and fruits of true and false wisdom, James 3:13-18. many--The office is a noble one; but few are fit for it. Pious and edifying language is the genuine produce of a sanctified heart; and none who understand Christianity, expect to hear curses, lies, boastings, and revilings from a true believer's mouth, any more than they look for the fruit of one tree from another. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient. The literal Greek in this passage means "the wheel of existence," or "the whole round of human life and activity," and has the obvious implication of being man's whole animalistic nature, which can be, and often is, inflamed and kindled into the most outrageous wickedness by the tongue.  R. V. G. Tasker, Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, James (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. Not for a moment should it be considered that the translators of the KJV were, in any sense, lacking in zeal, dedication, scholarship or intelligence, being in every such category fully on a parity with the scholarship of our own or of any other generation. 1 There is a certain irony in the teacher’s warning of course, in that the one who should know better dares to assume the stance of a teacher, and along with that role assumes the risk of the greater standards of judgment that await … JAS 3:2 For in many things we offend all. Commentary on James 3:1-12 (Read James 3:1-12) We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. Bruce illustrated the meaning thus: There is no need to seek the basis of James' quite original and unusual figure in some ancient religion, nor in some pagan author. The true wisdom is found alone in those of moral and upright character. As Macknight said: "These teachers of the Law in the Christian church were the great corrupters of Christianity. 118ff and my Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians 43ff. 12:33-37; Luke 6:39-45) as well as our deeds (Matt. 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). " The two titles have only one article, showing that James intended for us to read both titles as pertaining to Jesus Christ our Saviour, attesting his divinity and Godhead. May the purity, peace, gentleness, teachableness, and mercy shown in all our actions, and the fruits of righteousness abounding in our lives, prove that God has bestowed upon us this excellent gift. For further comment on "hell," see in my Commentary on Matthew, pp. " This indicates that the setting on fire of the "wheel of nature," mentioned in this connection, refers to the inflammation of the carnal passions within man himself. James 3:1-18. (Matthew 23:1-12)? Hell has more to do in promoting the fire of the tongue than men generally think; and whenever men's tongues are employed … 3. The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. James 3 Commentary, this commentary, with an easy to read style, is invaluable to Christians who seek to understand the Gods' word. James begins with a piece of general advice that leads to his main discussion of the use of the tongue. James 1:9-11 The Perspective of Rich and Poor. can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a vine figs? It is like a caged beast, even under the best of circumstances, ever seeking an opportunity to break forth and set the whole world on fire. However, modern translators are all too frequently carried away from the truth by wild, speculative, subjective assumptions, which generally did not characterize the work of the KJV translators. " It would appear, however, that it is not particularly the sins of Jews in cursing Christians that James dealt with, but the habit of some "brethren" engaged in the awful business of cursing men! The point James was making here is that a little rudder controls a great ship, there being no reference in this illustration to the damage caused by the tongue, that being outlined in the following illustration of the little fire out of control. Without variance ... Gibson tells us that scholars are not altogether sure of the meaning of the word thus rendered, "without variance, without doubtfulness or without partiality," all being possible denotations of it. Gehenna ... is the Greek form of a Hebrew word meaning "the valley of Hinnom," where the worship of Molech was conducted. " This is the very opposite of the cold, haughty and unyielding hardness of some religious teachers. Had not Christ himself said, "By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned?" JAS 3:3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. For an example of this, see extensive comment in my Commentary on Romans, pp. (James 3:1). Here the tremendous thrust of James' teaching is made. It was the change in that usage which made "masters" archaic in the present era. James 1:5-8 How to Deal with Trials. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. CHAPTER 3. 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. 411-413.  Ronald A. It has no disguise or deceit. This entire chapter is a "self-contained section dealing with the bridling of the tongue," and fitting exactly into James' overall theme of "perfection" (see introduction).  Walter W. Wessel, Wycliffe New Testament Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1971), p. 957. There is also another application of the words as a reference to the untruthfulness and boastfulness of the tongue. Heavenly wisdom is This disputed text is made the basis for all kinds of wild claims. Behold how much wood is kindled by how small a fire ... And setteth on fire the wheel of nature ... Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. There are three comparisons introduced by James with this verse with reference to the tongue. James 3:9-12 (English Standard Version) Warning: MagpieRSS: Failed to parse RSS file. Hell has more to do in promoting the fire of the tongue than men generally think; and whenever men's tongues are employed in sinful ways, they are set on fire of hell. As Dummelow observed, "The wisdom described here is moral rather than intellectual.". James 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this highly respected and nearly exhaustive compilation, containing nearly 500,000 cross-references No better comment on this verse was found than that of Macknight who paraphrased the verse thus: Devilish ... is better understood as "demonic," there being but one "devil," as contrasted with many "demons." King Josiah defiled it, and it became a place of refuse and abomination. DANGER OF EAGERNESS TO TEACH, AND OF AN UNBRIDLED TONGUE: TRUE WISDOM SHOWN BY UNCONTENTIOUS MEEKNESS. Barclay, for example, thought James was influenced by the ancient Orphic religion with its false notions of reincarnation, seeing a possible reference here to "the weary treadmill of constant reincarnation. Gentle ... Paul stressed this, notably in 2 Timothy 2:24. 1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. But if ye have bitter jealousy and faction in your heart, glory not and lie not against the truth. The thought is that if one attains mastery over the tongue, which is the most unruly and rebellious member of the body, he should also be able to control all of the others as well. The first two of these stress the importance and power of such a small instrument as the tongue, and the third stresses the astounding damage resulting from such a small beginning. On the other hand, the need for a new version did become recognized because: (1) There were linguistic changes in the English language itself. REGARDING THE KJV AND SUBSEQUENT VERSIONS. By such a vigorous address to this area of human behavior, in which the totality of all mankind is revealed as transgressors, either in small or in great degree, it must not be thought that James was requiring sinless perfection of Christians, his object being rather that of turning all men to Jesus Christ our Lord who alone is perfect, and in whom alone perfection is available for any mortal (see Matthew 5:48 and Colossians 1:28,29). However, as pointed out by Vine, the word here is that of Matthew 5:48; James 1:4 (2part) and James 3:2, meaning complete goodness, without necessary reference to maturity.  T. Carson, A New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969), p. 577. James 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was written by Whedon, a central figure in the struggle between Calvinism & Arminianism In the admonition here and in the preceding verse (James 3:9) Macknight thought that James might have had reference to a widespread custom of early Christian times, in which Christians were "cursed bitterly in Jewish synagogues. As Lenski said: So the tongue also is a little member and boasteth great things. Roberts pointed out that: For comment on Luke's use of the term "rudders," see in my Commentary on Acts, pp. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. James 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this one volume concise commentary provides a condensed look at nearly every verse in the Bible Doth the fountain send forth from the same opening sweet water and bitter? In this chapter, as throughout the epistle, the remarkable consonance with the teachings of Christ should be noted. 3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. Of course, such are included, but it is doubtful if the meaning may be thus restricted. Those who live in malice, envy, and contention, live in confusion; and are liable to be provoked and hurried to any evil work. Another example of notorious mistranslation by the English Revised Version (1885) is Romans 10:16, which ought to read, "They have not all obeyed the gospel." "Variance," the rendition here, means without inconsistency, vacillation or erratic changes. out of the same mouth cometh forth blessing and cursing. In many things we all stumble ... We cannot agree with Lenski who labeled this "James' great confession of sin. This is similar to "full of adultery" (2 Peter 2:14), and "full of envy" (Romans 1:29). The word used here is Gehenna, this being the only usage of it in the New Testament, aside from the use of it by Jesus himself in the gospels; thus, James continues to be strictly loyal to the teaching of the Master. The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. It was used to convey a very strong negative. It is spiritual wisdom and understanding that descend upon us directly from God above that empowers us to keep our tongue in check. New American Standard Version. The "cursing" shows the real character of them that do it. If any stumbleth not in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also. If any stumbleth not in word ... Macknight pointed out that, "In Scripture, walking denotes the course of a man's conduct; stumbling denotes a lesser failing than falling (Romans 11:11). The stark enormity of the sins of the tongue was appropriately rebuked in such a remark.SIZE>. People who teach the bible need to have a healthy fear of God because they will stand before God not just to give an account of the things that they have done, but also for the things that they have taught, and how it has affected other people's lives.  W. E. Oesterley, Expositor's Greek New Testament, Vol. Motives for Works: The Place of Works: Outward Demonstration of Inner Faith: Outreach of Works: Jas 1:1-18: Jas … It is a literal fact that mankind, in response to the original directive of the Creator for man "to subdue" the earth and the sea and everything in them (Genesis 1:28), has indeed done that very thing. http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/conference-messages/james-3-a-story Years ago I visited a college friend at his home... View the entire commentary. Made after the likeness of God ... is a reference to Genesis 1:26, the sin and inconsistency of the same tongue blessing God and cursing men lying in the fact of man's likeness to God, any curse of men, therefore, being actually a curse against God in the likeness of men, therefore being actually a curse against God in the likeness of his creation. " Paul likewise addressed stern words to this group, thus, "Some ... have turned aside unto vain talking, desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor whereof they confidently affirm" (1 Timothy 1:7). James 1:12-18 Loving God In Spite of Trials . " All who teach others should ever be conscious of the fact that a rude or thoughtless word may wound to death an immortal soul. 25:31-46). V Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1969 (reprint)), p. 372. The illustration shows that man's behavior in blessing God and cursing men with the same tongue was a monstrous perversion of nature, in fact an altogether impossibility in nature. The Book of James – A Detailed Commentary Basic Training Bible Ministries Page 2 Introduction to James Background of the Book The Epistle of James is one of the general epistles, including 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John, and Jude. College Press Commentary Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/james-3.html. In this illustration, James will show how fantastically overwhelming is the evil that can ensue upon a Christian's (or anyone's) failure to control his tongue. Anyone who enters into the ministry lightly probably shouldn't be in the ministry; especially the teaching of God's word. (where it is likewise misunderstood by many). B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1970), p. 1230. 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. No man can tame the tongue without Divine grace and assistance. (1-12) The excellence of heavenly wisdom, in opposition to that which is worldly. This wisdom is not a wisdom that cometh down from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. " The behavior in view here "is the result of true wisdom," to which this paragraph is entirely related. One of the most astounding rebukes of gossip, for example, occurred half a century ago in San Augustine, Texas. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for them that make peace. Be not many of you teachers, my brethren, knowing that ye shall receive heavier judgment. Thus is stressed the greater need for all who "contend earnestly for the faith" to do so in a manner becoming the meekness and modesty of truly Christian teachers. 4:29) and the power to curse (James 3:9). All Rights Reserved.  The need for such a caution grew out of a number of circumstances: (1) The Christian meetings were open, unstructured and informal; and anyone wishing to be heard could rise and speak (see 1 Corinthians 14:26-40). The essential difference in this third illustration is seen in the fact of the horse and the ship being under control; where here, the tiny fire that kindles a whole forest is out of control. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. James 1:19-25 Qualities Needed in Trials. James 3:1. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. In saying, "Be not many teachers," James did not seek to discourage any who might have been qualified for such work. (3) Archeological discoveries, in a very few instances, have shed further light on the science of translation, which was not available to KJV translators. James 3:4. James 1:3-4 Commentary. There were many teachers or rabbins among the Jews, each affecting to have The truth, and to draw disciples after him. 3:15-17) and negative (James 3:2-12) ways. 3. There are three comparisons introduced by James with this verse with reference to the tongue. In Hebrews 6:3, where the writer said, "we" will stop lingering upon first principles and go on to perfection, he did not, in any sense, mean it as a confession that he himself had been merely a "first principles" Christian. James 1:1-4 How to Profit from Trials. These verses show the difference between men's pretending to be wise, and their being really so.  Here is the key to understanding what was said a little later. As Carson pointed out, "James emphasizes the effect of the tongue upon the person himself. We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1967), p. 449. As Lenski said:  A. F. Harper, Beacon Bible Commentary, Vol. Chapter 3 1. The "truth" against which such evil strivings "lie" is the "truth of the gospel. Cautions against proud behaviour, and the mischief of an unruly tongue. James 3. We may indeed thank God who enabled this Christian writer to remember and expound so faithfully the precious words of Jesus himself. The apostle does not represent it as impossible, but as extremely difficult. James does not mean here that a Christian cannot tame his tongue. "The magic of words has played an incalculable part in the long story of human endeavor and human suffering." Once more, James used illustrations drawn from the teaching of Jesus (Matthew 12:34,35). Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) James 3:1-12. IV (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. (13-18)1-12 We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. Bible Study Questions & Study Helps. And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell. Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.  E. C. S. Gibson, Pulpit Commentary, Vol. Easy to be entreated ... has the meaning of being easily "persuaded to forgiveness. See exegesis of that in my Commentary on Luke, pp. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Despite the fact of there being nothing funny regarding the vicious sins of the tongue, men sometimes laugh at themselves for their gross conduct in this sector. For in many things we all stumble. All other rights reserved. Barclay's discussion of that "wisdom" is very appropriate in this connection: The most outstanding thing in this chapter is the profusion of the spirit and teaching of Jesus Christ which dominates every line of it. James says they will face a stricter judgment than the average person. As Harper suggested, "His words were meant to remind us of our responsibilities, rather than to deter us from our duties." All such unchristian conduct is vigorously denounced. The Lord and Father ... Scholars have busied themselves to find out where James got this expression, but as Lenski said, "He coined it! Bad seed produces bad fruit. Now if ... Punchard criticized this rendition of this introductory remark thus: It is high time that this kind of monkey business on the part of translators was rejected out of hand. But his emphasis on consistently speaking blessings rather than mixing blessings and cursings grows naturally out of his concern about works. As Dummelow expressed the thought, "The wise man is the peacemaker who sows good seed that in God's time will bear precious fruit. James 3 ; JAS 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. Gentleness may thus be opposed to all these. But facts prove that more professors succeed in bridling their senses and appetites, than in duly restraining their tongues. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 3:1-12 We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. Due to the Hebrew detestation of the place, the name came to stand for the idea of eternal punishment for the wicked, as taught in Deuteronomy 32:22; Leviticus 10:2; Isaiah 30:27-33; 66:24; Daniel 7:10; Psalms 18:8, etc. " However, more is meant than merely contradicting the content of that which must be allowed as truthful. 1. be not--literally, "become not": taking the office too hastily, and of your own accord. A large number of the Christians had left *Jerusalem and had goneto live in other countries. The General Theme: Humility. Note the use of "we" as in James 3:2; here again the use of it does not indicate any guilt on the part of James in this particular. 21, James (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. Just as, in nature, it is impossible for a fountain to be both salt and sweet, so it is with men.  It is exactly the same word and usage as in Jesus' reference to God as "perfect" (Matthew 5:48); and for this reason, James' words here should be referred to the New Testament theology of "perfection," unattainable by men, but receivable by them "in Christ," whose absolute and total perfection is available through sinners' believing and obeying the gospel, thus being united with Christ, in Christ, and "as Christ," therefore accounted perfect (Colossians 1:28,29). 4. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. VIII (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1959), p. 369. Such persons are accustomed to speaking and having their words accepted; and their attitude tends to become like that mentioned by Shakespeare: And when I open my lips, let no dog barkSIZE>. Because they have told others what is right and wrong, they will have no excuse before God. The RSV "corrected" this to read "wherever the will of the pilot directs"; but again, this can be no better than in the ASV. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". JAMES Faith for Living. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God" (Matthew 5:9) is the beatitude James certainly had in mind here. "Commentary on James 3:4". Paul also made use of the same metaphor: "The venom of asps is under their lips" (Romans 3:13). 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. but the tongue can no man tame; it is a restless evil, it is full of deadly poison. The world of iniquity ... As Roberts noted, the literal meaning of this is "a world of unrighteousness," as Ward indicated, being the same as the state of "the steward of unrighteousness" (Luke 16:8), and "the judge of unrighteousness" (Luke 18:6). The first two of these stress the importance and power of such a small instrument as the tongue, and the third stresses the astounding damage resulting from such a small beginning. Hypocrisy was a vice which Jesus exposed and denounced with all the vehemency of his being, the entire 23chapter of Matthew being given over to such a purpose, the conduct of those ancient Pharisees being the perfect example of what Christian teachers today ought not to be and ought not to do. Oesterley, however, agreed with Mayor that: "There is no idea of vain boasting; the whole argument turns upon the reality of the power which the tongue possesses.".  William Barclay, The Letters of James and Peter, Revised (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1969), p. 88. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. No class of persons is any more in constant danger of falling short in this category than is the group of teachers and preachers of religious truth. Bitter jealousy and strife ... Oesterley and many others deduce from this that "The personal abuse heaped upon one another by partisans of rival schools of thought" represents the type of sins condemned in this passage. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 3:1-12 We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. With his now familiar and kind address my brothers, James begins with a specific instruction that not many should become teachers... View the entire commentary . Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary James 3:3. Be not many masters - Do not affect the teacher's office, for many wish to be teachers who have more need to learn. Who is wise and understanding among you? Click chart to enlarge Chart from recommended resource Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission See also Overview Chart by Charles Swindoll. (1-12) The excellence of heavenly wisdom, in opposition to that which is worldly. Having the official capacity of a teacher is serious and one should consider his motives very carefully. (EntityRef: expecting ';' at line 49, ... More James commentaries. There are many other such errors which flaw the work of "modern" translators. The first sentence in this verse is the application of the two illustrations of the bit and the rudder, its power being out of all proportion to its size. Full of mercy and good fruits ... Again, the Saviour's own requirement that those who would be forgiven must themselves be willing to forgive others inspires James' comment in his epistle (see Matthew 7,9 and Matthew 6:14,15). This sevenfold description (taking mercy and good fruits as one quality) of the wisdom that is from above is most instructive. These are: (1) the bit, James 3:3; (2) the rudder, James 3:4, and (3) the small fire, James 3:6. (4) The Judaizers who attempted to graft the forms and ceremonies of Mosaic law upon the church were a particularly troublesome element of the church which sorely needed the caution here expressed by James. 224-231. James 3. Commentary on James 3:1-12 View Bible Text . B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1950), p. 45. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. Bibliography InformationCoffman, James Burton. It is gentle, not standing upon extreme right in matters of property; not saying nor doing any thing rigorous in points of censure; not being furious about opinions, urging our own beyond their weight nor theirs who oppose us beyond their intention; not being rude and overbearing in conversation, nor harsh and cruel in temper. James 3:18. by Grant Richison | Nov 9, 2000 | James | 2 comments. For where jealousy and faction are, there is confusion and every vile deed. Just as the tongue is a very small member, the rudder of a great ship is likewise a very small instrument in comparison with the whole ship; but the guidance of the entire vessel is accomplished by means of that tiny rudder. 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