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I wrote a paper on James 2:14-26 a few years back. Here's a link. TRANSLATION 14: What (is) the benefit, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? That faith is not able to save them (is it)? 15: Suppose a brother or a sister is naked and lacking of daily bread, 16: and someone from you (pl.) says to them, “Go ...


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I think you have it right there in the difference between what you quoted - the Lord's Prayer doesn't say "do not tempt us" (and James agrees as to why) and James does not say "God does not allow people to be dragged away and enticed" (which would make the world a very different place). A prominent example of God explicitly allowing someone to be tempted is ...


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"Justified" has the same meaning in each verse. You have to look at those verses in the larger context to understand what the authors are referring to by "works" and how that relates to justification. James 2:14-26 makes the point that true faith always leads to works. The clearest statements are in verses 17 and 26: 17 Even so faith, if it has no ...


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The question as posed by OP -- concerning aspects of the "πολύσπλαγχνος + οἰκτίρμων" pair in James 5:11 -- has all the seeds of its own answer. First, the relevant bit of text: NA28 ... πολύσπλαγχνός ἐστιν ὁ κύριος καὶ οἰκτίρμων. NRSV ... the Lord is compassionate and merciful. I'll take the interrelated sub-questions in a slightly different order. ...


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It's a good question. Unfortunately the answer appears to be that it's just really unclear. We know what James is arguing, but exactly how is a little more problematic. Leading people to look at different ways of handling the "quote" James gives. Moo gives a nice little section in "James: An Introduction and Commentary" in Tyndale. But I think his ...


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I believe that "brother" in this sense represents fellow believers - specifically he was writing to some Jewish believers. I understand this from "James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. " (Jas 1:1) The Church as a whole can apply this epistle to itself and it's members because we ...


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It sounds to me like the phrase χόρτου ἄνθος ("blossom/flower of the grass/meadow") is drawing on the Hebrew expression צִיץ הַשָׂדֶה, "blossom of the meadow", which is used several places in the TaNaKh as an expression of the passing of time and the ineluctability of our mortality. See Psalms 103:15-16, or Isaiah 40:6-8. I don't think it's referring ...


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It has been noted that the epistle of James has several small, but substantial, overlaps in thought and language with the 'sermon on the mount' (the Matthew version, not so much the Lukan 'sermon on the plain'). In the case of James 5.12, we see significant degree of overlap with this Jesus logia: Again, you heard that it was said to the ancients, ...


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The Greek phrase is μὴ ὀνειδίζοντος, which is the negative particle μὴ followed by the present tense, active voice, participle ὀνειδίζοντος declined in the singular number, genitive case. ὀνειδίζοντος is conjugated from the verb ὀνειδίζω. This verb occurs 10 times in the Textus Receptus (Estienne, 1551). BDAG defines the verb ὀνειδίζω as, ① to find fault ...


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Good question. One possibility is that you are complaining that the law has not properly judged and punished this brother. Think of how the elder brother begrudged his father's forgiveness of the prodigal when he returned. But I suspect we are missing something about Jewish legal interpretation here. The Law (Torah) is holy, the word of God, and by ...


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It's both: a general statement and a practical action. In the context, James likens a Christian's friendship with the world (the cosmos, in which are the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--1 John 2:16) to spiritual adultery. For a Christian to have one foot in the church and one foot in the world is a contradiction in terms. ...


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The principal meaning of the Greek word κύριος is "master," and this meaning, I believe, is the one most frequently associated with the word by all NT authors alike. Certainly there are some instances where κύριος is being used as the equivalent to the Tetragrammaton יהוה, but these are the minority. Paulos certainly does not always (nor even mostly) use ...


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Is he a brother? Yes However, he's not a brother in the sense of a "fellow believer", but merely in the sense of a "fellow man". Let me explain in full: Word choice There does seem to be some confusion with the wording here: James 1:9-10 (ESV)Emphasis added Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because ...


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Where does the diatribe with the imaginary interlocutor that begins in v. 18 end? An imaginary “someone” (τις) addresses James in v. 18. In doing this James has introduced a dialog with a straw man (an interlocutor) as his chosen form of diatribe. We can assume that at some point James responds to this interlocutor with a rebuttal otherwise it would be a ...


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Joachim Jeremias in New Testament theology p.202 says that it means 'do not let me fall victim, not to everyday temptations, but to the last great trial'. He says that Jesus expected his mission to lead to a time of terrible widespread suffering before God's reign starts, and therefore the disciples are to pray to be protected from apostasy.


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You might be interested in Zane Hodges' interpretation of this verse, as presented in his books The Gospel Under Siege, The Epistle of James: Proven Character Through Testing, and in The Grace New Testament Commentary. Basically, Hodges says that the objector's response goes from vv 18-19, and it is meant to be a reductio ad absurdum. Here is how he ...


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James is a practical Epistle. Sometimes under the guise of general principles and theology a person can evade the forcefulness of the scripture and James in some ways avoids general principles (as dangerous as that could be at times) to pin down the hypocrite, who does not live according to them though may be very conversant about them. As such is the case, ...


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When dealing with James, my amateur opinion is that much can be made of reading the entire context of James. First, we can refer immediately to the preceding verse, 1:10. James is writing about the rich person, singular: ploucioc / G4145.+ As Noam Sienna answered, correctly, the reference of the fading flower is to mortality. Because 1:10 named a ...


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The phrase "νόμου ἐλευθερίας μέλλοντες κρίνεσθαι" reads as "(the) law of freedom being about to be judged". Where this "law of liberty" comes into being is from John 13:34, A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. Whereas the Law could be summed up in commandments,(Matt. ...


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This fits right in with what Jesus said in Matthew 18:15 - If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. So it seems that James is basically saying that if a Christian sees a brother falling into sin and confronts the brother and that brother turns from his sin, ...


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These verses are all about cultural context and considering that the written book of James was intended to be read aloud; it is an address. I agree quite a bit with the answer of swasheck, but my translation would differ as follows: The τις of 2:18 could refer to a straw man, but that straw man would be a close facsimile to his living contemporary Rabbis ...


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I think your question is theological and belongs elsewhere. However, your question contains a nugget of Hermeneutics. Also, I believe the accepted answer is mistaken. James is clearly stating that the Prayer recorded at Jesus' Sermon on the Mount should be amended or clarified. In Greek, he uses a nearly matching phrasing which he states that no person ...


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There are really two options here: James is telling the poor to take pride when they experience a reversal of material fortune. James is telling the poor to take pride in their exaltation in Christ. The first option would be difficult to accept, though, given the context. After all, James goes on right after to remind the rich that wealth quickly fades. ...


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Having given this a good deal of thought, I've currently concluded that no, the rich man is not a brother. (Elsewhere I have essentially argued that when James uses "brother", he means a fellow believer. So this is what I mean, when I say he is not a brother.) When we look at verses 9-11 in isolation, one interpretation that seems to emerge is that James is ...



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