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Jesus was tempted, but God cannot be tempted. How, then, do we reconcile James 1:13 and Heb. 4:15?

Human nature can be tempted. Divine nature cannot be tempted. These two passages indicate the duality of nature possessed (uniquely) by Jesus of Nazareth. These two natures cannot 'merge' or 'mingle'. ...
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How can God draw near to us (James 4:8) if He is already wherever we are (Psalm 139:7-12)?

Psalm 139:7-12 means that there is nowhere one can go to escape God's presence. This represents distance. While it may seem paradoxical, they are not speaking of the same type of nearness. Drawing ...
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Can someone elaborate on the meaning of the word "Sabaoth" in James 5:4? (cf. Rom. 9:29)

Sabaoth is the transliteration of tsavaot, which is the plural form of the hebrew word tsava. This word is the denominative of the verb tsiva, which means “go into battle, fight”[1] When taken as a ...
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Is James 2:14 two questions or one?

Yes, it is necessarily a question rather than a statement. The relevant part of the text (NA-28): μὴ δύναται ἡ πίστις σῶσαι αὐτόν Note the negative particle μὴ followed by an indicative verb (...
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James 1:8 - Is δίψυχος the ancient equivalent of bipolar mood disorder?

The humanity of man, inwardly, is as complex - and more so - than the body of man which is wondrously composed. 'I am fearfully and wonderfully made' says the Psalmist, 139:14. But just as the ...
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Reconciling James 1:26 and James 3:8

It is the same as to say, "nobody among living is able not to sin" (cf. Ecclesiastes 7:20), which is true, and "go and sin no more" (John 8:11), which is also true. To reconcile ...
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How long was the drought caused by Elijah's prayers?

There are three ways to reconcile the two passages. First, the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year. In the third year could mean at some time during the third year. For example, ...
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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

The wording of verse 20 suggests that the text of verse 14 does lend itself to being rephrased in the way the OP suggests. 14 What use is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, ...
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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?

The above text should really be taken in conjunction with the context which follows in verse 12 of Ephesians 5, namely : ... it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in ...
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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?

The word that the ESV is translating as named is ὀνομαζέσθω (onomazesthō), a passive form of ὀνομάζω (onomazō). In the passive voice, onomazō can mean to be known or be heard of.* An example of ...
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James 4:2, who are the murderers?

" Anyone who hates his brother commits murder" (1 John 3:15) James 4:1-4 (NRSV) 4 "Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are ...
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Are we saved by faith alone or by faith with works? James 2:14-17

I think, for Jews there is no rough distinction between Faith and Works as we perceive it today. For the new testament writers (who were jews) to have faith is to trust in God and accept his ...
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Jesus was taken by what type of spirit to the Desert?

There is a simple grammatical rule in Koine Greek that the article is generally (there are important exceptions) is anaphoric to the previous occurrence. Luke 4:1 provides a perfect illustration of ...
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Why is Iakobos translated as (J)ames

This is part of the progression from Hebrew to Greek to Latin and finally English. The name in Hebrew is pronounced Yaakov (Jacob). This became Iakóbos in Greek, then Iacomus in Latin and finally ...
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In James 1:7 is Lord referring to God the Father or Jesus Christ?

Trinitarians and non-trinitarians take different approaches to the question. For trinitarians, the use of the title "the Lord" to refer to Jesus means that James sees Jesus as Yahweh, who is ...
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Where did James get the idea that breaking one commandment means breaking all?

James got the idea that "if you break one commandment, you break them all", right from Scripture of course. Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people ...
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To whom was the epistle of James written?

The New International Version and English Standard Version Study Bible notes both suggest the epistle was written for Jewish Christians. "My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus ...
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What is the meaning of "course of nature" (wheel of birth) in James 3:6 (KJV)?

The KJV, EGNT (Englishman's Greek New Testament interlinear), J N Darby, Young's Literal and Green's Literal all have 'the course of nature'. The Wycliffe has 'the wheel of our birth', which is a ...
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Are we saved by faith alone or by faith with works? James 2:14-17

Luke 17:5-10 (DRB) And the apostles said to the Lord: Increase our faith. 6 And the Lord said: If you had faith like to a grain of mustard seed, you might say to this mulberry tree, Be thou rooted up, ...
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Are we saved by faith alone or by faith with works? James 2:14-17

Faith and belief are both from the word πίστις which means 'to be persuaded'. Biblical faith reflects two interlocking dynamics. The first is the mental acceptance of a set of facts which we regard as ...
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Was Jesus tempted in the manner described in James 1:14?

This is essentially almost the same question as the OP's question in https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/48780/does-ισα-το-θεου-refer-to-the-role-of-jesus-as-κυριos-in-philippians-26 My ...
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Why did the translators add the words "that they may be healed" to James 5 v 16

This is a simple grammatical question that is resolved by understanding how the Greek works. Greek is a highly inflected language, especially the verbs. The verb in question here is: ἰάομαι (iaomai) =...
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What is the 'shadow' caused by 'turning' (James 1:17)?

My first thought, after reading your question, turned to that great hymn, ‘Great is thy Faithfulness’: Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; There is no shadow of turning with thee; Thou ...
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Faith & Works - Is Paul responding to James or James responding to Paul?

Short answer There would have been no conflict between Paul and James at the Jerusalem council because in their letters they cited Gen 15:6 for a different purpose. Furthermore, "works" in ...
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Is the church at the time of the book of James meeting in synagogues?

The operative word in James 2:2 is indeed, συναγωγή (synagoge). However, this does not not necessarily imply that James is referring to Jewish synagogues. The word simply means "place of ...
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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)?

The structure in James 1:27 is τῷ θεῷ καὶ πατρὶ which fits Daniel Wallace's example of the Granville Sharp Rule below. This means that God and the Father are the same. Note no article in front of ...
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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)?

When God delivered Israel from Egypt, a knowledge of His power spread far and wide, and reached the inhabitants of Jericho. Rahab herself informs us of the knowledge of these events. And she said ...
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How can God draw near to us (James 4:8) if He is already wherever we are (Psalm 139:7-12)?

Imagine you are a radio with a spoiled antenna and wish to listen to a broadcast of a beautiful music, say, Beatles' "Hey Jude". The radio-waves of this music are spread everywhere, but you ...
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