Being able to bridle the whole body may thus be saying: 1) That the Teacher who is true to the word ensures that his body does not interfere with his message. See James 2:10. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/james-3.html. Video; James; Principle #9; James 3:13-18; Heavenly and Earthly Wisdom: To gain God's wisdom, we must walk by the Spirit and not in the flesh. Our tongues are powerful within and without. 1974. I have used this week's verse many times in counseling and to remind myself the tongue can … Before we move on, let"s remember the advantages of being a teacher: Great personal growth, the teacher always learns more than the student. "Commentary on James 3:2". The effectiveness of a local congregation can be brought to a stand still by the misuse of the tongue. There are many areas in which teachers can sin. College Press, Joplin, MO. Commentary on First John. 3) That this teacher never lets his tongue run away with him, or becomes unnecessarily angry or sarcastic or hurtful when he is preaching (compare James 1:19) because he has a tight control on himself. A large number of the Christians had left *Jerusalem and had goneto live in other countries. This is found in James 3:2-12; “ We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every way. The fact is that men’s tongues reveal their sinfulness and that is why none can teach without stumbling, for all men are sinful. We offend— Literally, we stumble. James follows up his practical guidance about listening (see James 1:19–21) with similar advice about speaking. Carefully note that God"s measuring stick for spiritual maturity INCLUDES the use of our tongues. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. Douglas J. Moo, in his commentary on James, writes about the background of the epistle: “The epistle of James has had a controversial history.Along with 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John, and Jude, it belongs to that category of New Testament epistles called ‘general’ or ‘catholic’ (in the sense of ‘universal’) (See catholic epistles). Chapter 2. This failure James describes with the verb stumble (ptaio, used before in 2:10). In this life, … BibliographySchaff, Philip. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. James 2:26 : James 3:2 >> James 3:1. Condemn them publicly as a heretic? For. To “offend” means to stumble over something, and fall, and in this sense we get the exact meaning of “offending” by an unguarded allusion to a subject painful in the mind of another. A bit is a relatively small instrument, but when you put it into a horse’s mouth, you can control the entire horse. For we all stumble in many ways. This is a good text to show that we should beware of any man"s teaching. Being silent isn't always the solution. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". How should we handle a mistake in teaching? James 3:1-18. All—The mere English reader is very apt to understand our translation to mean, we offend every body; making all the object. This is God's work and I don't want anyone to profit from it in a material way. Able also—For, so far as he is able to speak perfectly right, it is probable that he can do perfectly right. They had no more protection against the possibility of sinning---as Christians-than do we" (p. 159). Otherwise being a teacher will bring him into grater condemnation. Nor is such learning an individual enterprise; the author’s “we” (James 3:1, 2) suggests it represents the collective sense of the broad community of tradition gained from examination of the world. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.". ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/james-3.html. The Greek word is cognate with the Greek word to fall, and they are finely distinguished by St. Paul, Romans 11:11, where he says that Israel has not stumbled that they should fall. James wrote to help them. A man’s character is known by his words: ‘Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh’ (Matthew 12:34): even as the nature of a fountain is known by the quality of the stream which issues from it. The importance of our language is the subject in several verses. Yet spiritual maturity requires a tamed tongue (cf. "If any one sins not in word" (ABUV). James 3:2 Commentary: in what he says. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/james-3.html. in many things: to be taken generally—‘in many particulars:’ not to be restricted to the offences of the tongue; the restriction follows in the latter part of the verse. Chapter 3. Commentary on James. "Stumble"-to err, go astray, sin (2 Peter 1:10). Commentaires Bibliques, expliquant en détail chaque livre de la Parole de Dieu, et convenant pour une étude plus sérieuse de la Bible. James goes on to state that if one does not stumble by his use of words, then he is a perfect man. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/james-3.html. And he never lets exhaustion make him say something that is unwise, nor allows his passions to control his preaching. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". I rather think that this is exactly the point James was making to his readers. Kent notes, "Anyone who can master the use of his tongue, so as not to fall into sin through angry words, misrepresentation, or falsehood, shows himself to be a mature man….In the spiritual life there is always room for further growth, and no one in this life reaches a state of sinlessness. Sirach 19:16, τίς οὐχ ἥμαρτεν ἐν τῇ γλώσσῃ αὐτοῦ;— τέλειος: see note on James 1:4.— ἀνήρ: see note on James 1:12.— χαλιναγωγῆσαι: see note on James 1:26.— καὶ ὅλον τὸ σῶμα: it is quite possible that these words are meant literally; the exaggerated gesticulation of an Oriental in the excitement of debate is proverbial; that the reference here is to even more than this is also quite within the bounds of possibility, cf. Compare Matthew 5:22 and note. Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles by John Calvin, 1509-1564. And non-inspired teachers are clearly not infallible. Chapter 5. 1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. Read Introduction to James For we all stumble in many things. 1874-1909. Believers, though they may not actually fall, often stumble. The Expositor's Greek Testament. 3. "For we all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. Fulfilling a great responsibility (Hebrews 5:12); using your talents (Matthew 25:1-46), following in the footsteps of Jesus (Luke 19:10; 1 Corinthians 11:1). They are exhorted not to be many masters, James 3:1.And to bridle the tongue, which is often an instrument of much evil, James 3:2-12.The character and fruits of true and false wisdom, James … Control over the tongue implies perfect control over the whole body. The great task of saving others (1 Timothy 4:16) of continuing the work of spreading the gospel (2 Timothy 2:2). ‘He that can rule his tongue shall life without strife’ (Sir_19:6). "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". Chapter 1 Chapter 2. The Argument. We can needlessly turn people off from the truth by an arrogant presentation. The respect in which he is τέλειος is defined by the following clause δυνατὸς—σῶμα. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Offendimus, Greek: ptaiomen, we stumble, rather than fall. Do feel free to make copies for friends that might be interested as long as you do not make profit from the copies. 3:1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. James 3:2. 1897-1910. (2) For in many things we offend all.—Better thus, For in many things we all offend: not, what might be inferred, “we are an offence to all,” as Matthew 24:9; 1 Corinthians 4:13, et al. We must ever remember to distinguish between what the inspired penmen wrote under the direction of the Holy Spirit and their own personal and individual activity as a Christian. James 3 Commentary - The Royal Law: Faith and Works; GENE GETZ - short videos emphasizing principles. We can be careless in our examination of certain subjects and create more confusion than understanding. We often tend to downplay the seriousness of evil speech. The word suggests the illustration which follows. It is clear that Christians, even Christian teachers are not sinless (1 John 1:8-10). 2 We all stumble in many ways. This included James himself. "Commentary on James 3:2". In what he says. So, these Christians no longer had the day-to-day contact with theirleaders. "Commentary on James 3:2". “The tongue is a fire. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". For the use of οὐ after εἰ, see note James 2:11. τέλειος, see note James 1:4. Commentary on James 3:1-12 View Bible Text . Title Page. Barclay notes, "James is not for a moment saying that silence is better than speech. The Argument. Copyright StatementCopyright 2008. "Commentary on James 3:2". Confront them privately? BibliographyDunagan, Mark. and able also to bridle his whole body: qualified to keep the body under subjection; that is, has obtained the mastery over himself, inasmuch as it is more difficult to bridle the tongue than to control the actions of the life. But that shouldn’t distract preachers from the clear, strong, timely emphasis on the importance of considering the effects of what we say. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sdn/james-3.html. [Note: Martin, p109.]. James 3:11, ESV: "Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?" No man can go through life without making a mistake in word, and no man is perfect. 1879-90. . Commentary on First Peter. BibliographyConstable, Thomas. That is why the Bereans were commended for their searching of the Word daily to check up on the preaching they were getting. In addition, since all Christians sin, those who become teachers (a task which has its own pitfalls and temptations), must be individuals who take upon themselves that task from the noblest of motives. "In many ways"-"in a number of things" (Bas). 1 a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ,. KJV: For in many things we offend all. What James says here couldn"t be more relevant for the church on the verge of the 21st Century. Taming the Tongue. 2 e Count it all joy, my brothers, 2 when you meet trials f of various kinds, 3 for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness. "Commentary on James 3:2". And we can all be involved in fighting rumors and chasing gossip instead of converting the lost. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/james-3.html. Hence, then, a perfect man is a man who has attained to a high degree of holiness. Condemn them in your mind - behind their back? "Commentary on James 3:2". ‘If any stumbles not in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.’. "If anyone does not stumble in what he says"-Note, James isn"t saying, "If anyone does not stumble", rather, he is talking about a specific area, i.e., "in what he says". No one has been able to master it yet except Jesus Christ. 1. | KP. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. "For"-The second reason for viewing the teachers role most seriously, is that no teacher is faultless. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/james-3.html. "Commentary on James 3:2". Our words not only affect others that hear, but they affect us as well. Suggest the proper answer as a possibility? And because he has full control of his body and its emotions and desires, he will not, after preaching, be drawn into acting contrary to how he has preached, for his life is well controlled by the reins of God. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/james-3.html. This verb has the literal meaning of "stumble" or "trip," but it is used as a figure for making a mistake or sinning. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! James 3 - Anyone for Teaching? Chapter 3 The apostle here reproves ambition, and an arrogant magisterial tongue; and shows the duty and advantage of bridling it because of its power to do mischief. James 3:11, KJV: "Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?" https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/james-3.html. "The Bible Study New Testament". Commentaires Bibliques et La Bible Louis Segond (Bible Commentary in French) Aussi je vous recommande "Concordance Biblique" - vous trouver dans mes applications. See what John says in 1 John 1:8-10. The very human weakness of Peter, and Paul, and James, endears them to us; for so we know assuredly that they were “men of like passions” with ourselves (Acts 14:15), and, where they succeeded, we, by the like grace of God, may also win the crown. Humble, indeed, was the holy mind of James, but this confession of error uplifts him in all right appreciation, and in no way casts him down. (1) The principle established. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.â, Ecc 7:20, âFor there is not a just man on earth who does good, Ga 3:22, âBut the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.â, The reality that Jesus forgives Christians for their sins does not excuse justification for sin.Â Some of us have the audacity to assume that sins of the tongue are not that important to God.Â, The more a teacher teaches, the more he will stumble.Â The more we attempt for Christ, the more likely we will fail.Â The more we say, the more we open ourselves to criticism.Â It takes courage and independence from people to teach and lead.Â, Your email address will not be published. 27; ἄνθρωπος οὐκ ἔστι δίκαιος ἐν τῇ γῇ ὄς ποιήσει ἀγαθὸν καὶ οὐχ ἁμαρτήσεται, Ecclesiastes 7:20. And he can do this because he is able to control it with an iron grip and never let it get out of hand. Oed. Translator's Preface. "Commentary on James 3:2". We can make a large horse turn around and go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. In word—In performance of his assumption to be a teacher in the synagogue. Perfect man—He has become in mind and spirit what he doubtless has in body—a completely grown, filled out, and proportioned man. For we all stumble in many things. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. And James is not pleading for a cowardly silence, but for a wise use of speech", Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. I rather think that this was hyperbole - exaggeration to make a point. 3:10, âAs it is written: âThere is none righteous, no, not oneâ¦ââ, Ro 3:23, ââ¦for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of Godâ¦â, James not only admits to tripping in a few things but in âmany things.âÂ The word âmanyâ modifies âstumble.âÂ We stumble over many things.Â This shows the degree of our stumbling.Â, A sense of sinfulness is necessary for our spiritual health.Â, It is important for spiritual health not to lose our sense of sinfulness.Â Neither should we drop our wonder of the cost that Jesus paid for our forgiveness.Â Â, 1 Jn 1:7-10, âBut if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.Â 8 âIf we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Go to. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Grant's Verse-by-Verse Logos Bible Software. 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