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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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James 4:4, Could we use two different English words as translations for the Latin words (mundi) and (saeculi)?

James 4:4, Latin Vulgate: adulteri nescitis quia amicitia huius mundi inimica est Dei quicumque ergo voluerit amicus esse saeculi huius inimicus Dei constituitur James 4:4, Douay-Rheims ...
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Are we saved by faith alone or by faith with works? James 2:14-17 [closed]

James 2:14-17 What use is it, my brethren, 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 of daily food, and one ...
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Prayer of faith or oil that heals the sick in James 5:14-15?

James 5:14-15 NIV 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will ...
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Is it adulterers and adulteresses in James 4:4?

James 4:4 NASB 4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James ...
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What is the spiritual significance of the "early and latter rain" mentioned in James 5:7?

What is the spiritual significance of the "early and latter rain" mentioned in James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the ...
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Is it accepted logically that God "resists" the proud, in James 4:6?

What is the accurate translation of "ἀντιτάσσεται"in the Greek text of James 4:6? Some English versions of the Bible have the meaning "resists", others have the meaning "opposes". Some meaning of ...
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James 1:8 - Is δίψυχος the ancient equivalent of bipolar mood disorder?

James 1:8 (ESV), he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. Here "double-minded" is a translation of δίψυχος, a compound of δίς, meaning "twice" (from δύο, the number "2") and ψυχή, ...
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James 4:2, who are the murderers?

«You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.» ‭‭James‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ The underlying Greek word for “murder” here ...
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What was the time gap between the event Abraham justified by Faith in James 2:23 a and later Abraham justified by works in James 2:21?

What was the time gap between the event Abraham justified by Faith in James 2:23 Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the ...
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Does Ephesians 5:3 mean that if a person fall into sins "sexual" or "covetous" he/she should not confess it to anyone in the Church?

Does Ephesians 5:3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. mean that if a person fall into sins that are "sexual" or ...
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In James 2:8 why does James refer to Leviticus 19:18 as "the royal law"?

[James 2:8 KJV] If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: James 2:8 εἰ μέντοι νόμον τελεῖτε βασιλικὸν κατὰ τὴν γραφήν ...