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Reconciling James 1:26 and James 3:8

James 1:26 states the following (NKJV): If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. However, James 3:7-8 ...
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It what sense does the gold and silver eat flesh in James 5:3?

James 5:3 KJV 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. ...
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What is James 2:10 saying about the nature of sin?

In James 2:10-12 we read: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou ...
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Is there a theological difference between asking "What will it profit a man to have faith without works?" and "What will it profit a man who says he

has faith and does not have works?" James 2:14 is the verse in question. James does not pose the first question, but the second one. Various translations put it: “What doth it profit, my ...
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What is the difference between gifts of healing (1 Cor 12) and praying for the sick to get healed (James 5)?

1 Corinthians 12 (ESV): 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has ...
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James 1:12-16; DRB; is Jesus the only innocent Human being who is tempted? [closed]

James 1:12-16; DRB; 12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man, when ...
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How can we reconcile God's not tempting anyone (James 1:13) with God's sending evil spirits to torment and deceive people?

God tempts no one: Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. [James 1:13 ESV] Yet God has sent evil spirits ...
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Why does God oppose the proud but give grace to the humble? 1 Peter 5:5-7; James 4:6-10

1 Peter 5:5-7 (ESV): 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the ...
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Who is the one God that James say demons believe? James 2:19

In Luke 8:28, we find that demons also know who Jesus is. Luke 4:3, 9 also tell us that Satan knew who Jesus is. Since we wrestle against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-...
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Nag Hammadi "The Secret Book of James". Chilling Quote (In body paragraph). What do you guys think? [closed]

The last word: "Nevertheless, you, through faith and knowledge have received life. So disregard rejection when you hear it, and when you hear about the promise, be joyful all the more. I tell you ...
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Why does James state that "the body without the SPIRIT is dead" (Jas. 2:26a)?

The partial verse in question is this: James 2:26a: "For just as the body without the spirit is dead" (emphasis added). It seems very noteworthy that both Christ and Stephen used the word &...
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No human being can tame the tongue. Really?

James 3: 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, This reminds me of my younger days: behaving like animals :) 8 but no human being ...
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In what way was Rahab justified by works (presumably of the Law of Moses?) in James 2:25 (cf. Heb. 11:31)?

We are told several times that Rahab the harlot was saved when she protected the spies sent from Israel to survey the city of Jericho. Here is one example: James 2:25: "In the same way [as ...
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How do we interpret James 4:7?

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” ‭‭James‬ ‭4:7‬ I’m assuming the “submit to God” means obey God. How do we resist the devil? We see Christ resist Satan a few ...
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How do we interpret James 5:16 in light of 1 John 1:9?

James says: “So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness.” ‭‭James‬ ‭5:16‬ & 1st John 1:9 says: ...
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Does the Greek word "καί" in James 1:27 create a Distinction ("God [and] the Father", KJV) or Surname ("God the Father", ESV)?

Different Translations of James 1:27 ( KJV | ESV ) present alternative concepts of "God" in relationship to the Father: KJV presents θεός as the observant servant of the Father [James 1:27,...
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Dead faith, does James refer to the state of the faith or it never-was-a-living faith?

Can a living faith lapse into dead faith? Text: James 2: 14- 26 (ESV) What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or ...
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What is the meaning of “course of nature” in James 3:6? [duplicate]

"And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell." ...
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James 1:4 perseverance vs steadfastness vs patience vs endurance

James 1:4 New International Version Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. English Standard Version And let steadfastness have its full ...
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Can someone elaborate on the meaning of the word "Sabaoth" in James 5:4? (cf. Rom. 9:29)

Many understand the meaning of the word "Sabbath". More recently, I have run across the word Sabaoth which seems to appear twice in Scripture (possibly more, but I couldn't find it): James ...
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Does Paul put the Thessalonians under oath in 1 Thessalonians 5:27?

1 Thessalonians 5:27 reads (NKJV): I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren. According to Albert Barnes, the Greek of the expression in bold above "is ...
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Why does James use the verb αποκυεω (1:18 - 'begat') not γενναο?

There are many references to the spiritual birth, the 'new' birth, in the New Testament writings but many, if not all, use the verb γενναο to describe that state. Jesus speaks of the 'birth from above'...
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Jesus was tempted, but God cannot be tempted. How, then, do we reconcile James 1:13 and Heb. 4:15?

The Bible clearly explains: James 1:13: "God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone" (emphasis added). God cannot be tempted. Yet the text just as clearly ...
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Are James 2:26 and Leviticus 17:11 contradictory? [closed]

The spirit is the animating force of the body. As well, the blood accomplishes the same. When contrasted, the following passages appear to be contradict one another: Leviticus 17:11: "‘For the ...
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In James 2:8, is it assumed that we love ourselves?

In James 2:8 (NASB) If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. Is it assumed that we love ourselves? ...
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Man looking at his face in a mirror

In James 1:23-24 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has ...
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Ask in faith without any doubting... what's that supposed to mean?

In James 1:6 (NASB) But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. Does that mean that God will do it or that God ...
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Did the twelve tribes of Israel continue to exist after dispersion by Assyria?

In James 1:1 James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. Does this passage support the idea the twelve tribes of Israel ...
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Testing of your faith produces endurance

In James 1:3 (NASB) knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Does that mean it's the testing itself that produces endurance or the successful passing of the test?
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Is the church at the time of the book of James meeting in synagogues?

In James 2:2 (YTL) for if there may come into your synagogue a man with gold ring, in gay raiment, and there may come in also a poor man in vile raiment, or in ASV For if there come into your ...
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Could James 1:17 be stating that even our own goodness is from God?

The following passage seems to be indicating that everything good comes from the Father, perhaps even that which is good in ourselves: James 1:17: "Every good thing given and every perfect gift ...
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Is the writer of James attacking Paul's position?

In James 2:14-16,24 (NASB) What use is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need ...
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James 1:10: Why should the rich should take pride in their humiliation?

James 1:10 (NIV): But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. Why should the rich take pride in their humiliation?
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Faith & Works - Is Paul responding to James or James responding to Paul?

James & Paul cite the same Old Testament story in their arguments about faith & works. From James: 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the ...
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Do the three nominative nouns in John 10:30 express an 'equivalence'?

εγω και ο πατηρ εν εσμεν [John 10:30 TR, undisputed] I and the Father one are [John 10:30 EGNT ¹] All three nouns 'I' 'Father' and 'one' are, here, nominative singular, as is the article. Thus there ...
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Why might the KJV and YLT translations of James 2:1 ('Lord' of glory) differ?

This is a question about the KJV and the TR Greek text. ... του κυριου ημων ιησου χριστου της δοξης [James 2:1 TR - Stephens, Beza, Elzevir, Scrivener - identical] ... our Lord Jesus Christ, the ...
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Swear or not swear?

In Deuteronomy 10:20 (NASB) You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him, and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name. In Matthew 5:34-37 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; ...
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What is the 'shadow' caused by 'turning' (James 1:17)?

πασα δοσις αγαθη και παν δωρημα τελειον ανωθεν εστιν καταβαινον απο του πατρος των φωτων παρ ω ουκ ενι παραλλαγη η τροπης αποσκιασμα [James 1:17 TR, undisputed] Every good gift and every perfect gift ...
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Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers: James 3:1

What did the disciple James mean when he said: " Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, because you know that we will be judged more strictly ".James 3:1NET
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Cultural context for the book of James [closed]

What was going on culturally and historically at the time of the book of James.
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Why did the translators add the words "that they may be healed" to James 5 v 16

In my Interlinear bible, the words 'ye may be healed' come under one Greek word iaomai (Strongs No G2390) to cure, heal, make whole. For some, adding the word may introduces some doubt, ie may or may ...
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Was Job being impatient in Job 21:4?

King James Bible, James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. ...
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In James 2:23, does the use of the word "fulfilled" (ἐπληρώθη) suggest that Genesis 15:6 was a prophecy about the future (IE: Genesis 22:12)?

[Jas 2:20-26 NASB] (20) But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? (21) Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son ...
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Is James 2:19 referencing 1 Enoch 13:5?

“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons δαιμονια believe—and shudder!” ‭‭James‬ ‭2:19‬ If James is not referencing 1 Enoch 13:5 then from where does he get his information about ...
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In James 5:13-20, is James appealing to Job 33?

In Job 32, Elius is indignant that Job would suggest that he is suffering innocently: LXX2012(i) 1 And his three friends also ceased any longer to answer Job: for Job was righteous before them. 2 ...
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Which scripture does James 4:5 allude to? [duplicate]

English Standard Version James 4:5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? Where is this Scriptural ...
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James 1:12 “Crown of Life”

I would like to ask what does the “Crown of Life” means in the context of James 1:12 (NLT): ”God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of ...
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Was Jesus tempted in the manner described in James 1:14?

Was Jesus tempted in the manner described in James 1:14? "But one is tempted by one’s own desire (ἐπιθυμίας), being lured (ἐξελκόμενος) and enticed (δελεαζόμενος) by it; 15 then, when that ...
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Did the apostles think that the end is imminent?

Paul: Romans 13:11-12. 1 Corinthians 7:29. 1 Thessalonians 4:15. Hebrews 10:37. James: James 5:8. Peter: 1 Peter 4:7. The question is so simple: Did the apostles think that the end is imminent?
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1 Peter 2:11, does Peter mean by (soul) (the spirit)?

1 Peter 2:11 (DRB): Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires which war against the soul, It's clear that the Bible distinguishes between (...
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