That makes 99 Psalms whose authors are … Test drive it and tell us about your experience. Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! The word Father here is used in a sense which is common in Hebrew (Compare the notes at Matthew 1:1) as denoting that which is the source of anything, or that from which anything proceeds. Is from above - From God, who is often represented as dwelling above - in heaven. Be not deceived, my beloved brethren. When Jerusalem fell, and even before its fall, many of the rich Jews became paupers; they were ruined, tortured and murdered, as Josephus tells us. Ð¼ÐµÐ½ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ñ Ð¸ Ð½Ð¸ ÑÐµÐ½Ð¸ Ð¿ÐµÑÐµÐ¼ÐµÐ½Ñ, "From above" is the translation of the same Greek word (, and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow, "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all", "The difference between good and perfect here, it is not easy to mark accurately. What he was millions of ages before the worlds were made, he is now; what he is now, he will be countless millions of ages hence. 5:19-21; 1 Pet. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, nor shadow of turning, And cometh down from the Father of lights -, With whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning -. Thus James both declares Him to be the Son of God, and publishes His resurrection from the dead, as it becomes an apostle. God, on the other hand, is as if the sun stood in the meridian at noon-day, and never cast any shadow. The Glory is Christ Himself. Compare Matthew 13:28. James 1:1-18. He is always the same, at all seasons of the year, and in all ages; there is no change in his character, his mode of being, his purposes and plans. The Giver of all good gifts (James 1:17) B. These questions cannot be definitely answered. Let no one fancy that God lays upon him an inevitable necessity of sinning. Habakkuk‘s expostulation with Jehovah on account of the prevalence of injustice: Jehovah summons attention to his purpose of sending the Chaldeans as the avengers. The knowledge possessed (James 1:19a) 2. Every good gift and every perfect gift. It means change, alteration, vicissitude, and would properly be applied to the changes observed in astronomy. Click the Bible to visit the new StudyLight.org being developed!! Will He give us holy desires one time, and then seduce us to do evil??? Commentary on James 1:26,27 (Read James 1:26,27) When men take more pains to seem religious than really to be so, it is a sign their religion is in vain. Who was Job, when and where did he live? (James 1:1) The manner in which James here bracketed the names of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ carries the affirmation of the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. James 1:16 - Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Who Was Job? Galatians 4:7). James, a servant of God For an account of this person, or rather for the conjectures concerning him, see the preface . It may be that the former means that which is benevolent in its character and tendency; the latter that which is entire, where there is nothing even apparently wanting to complete it; where it can be regarded as good as a whole and in all its parts. !”, To the Jewish mind, God’s creation of light is a demonstration of His goodness! NO! James clarified God"s purposes and methods in the following two verses (cf. It is true, however, that the rabbins use the term gilgal toledoth , "the wheel of generations," to mark the successive generations of men: and it is possible that St. James might refer to this; as if he had said: "The tongue has been the instrument of confusion and misery through all the ages of the world." More resources, better tools and easier navigation Test drive it and tell us about your experience. burden — the prophetic sentence. gift. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are of the Dispersion, greeting. Men may hide themselves from his light by the works of darkness, as owls and bats hide themselves in dens and caves of the earth during the prevalency of the solar light: but his good will to his creatures is permanent; he wills not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may come unto him and live; and no man walks in wretchedness or misery but he who will not come unto God that he may have life. Therefore do not sink under the pressure of evils ( 1 Corinthians 10:13). Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning. on StudyLight.org CONDITIONS OF SUCCESSFUL SERVICE ‘And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.’ Mark 1:17. 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. On the possible connection between this verse and the preceding section, see Introduction IV., § 1.— And every such an one is from above; is not from a man's self, from the creature, or from below, but from heaven, and from God who dwells there: and cometh down from the Father of lights; or author of lights; of all corporeal light; as the sun, moon, and stars; of all natural, rational, and moral light, in angels and men; of all spiritual light, or the light of grace in regenerate persons; and of eternal light, the light of glory in the spirits of just then made perfect: with whom is no variableness, nor shadow of turning: as there is in that great luminary, the sun in the firmament, which has its parallaxes, eclipses, and turnings, and casts its shadow; it rises and sets, appears and disappears every day; and it comes out of one tropic, and enters into another at certain seasons of the year: but with God, who is light itself, and in him is no darkness at all, there is no change, nor anything like it; he is changeable in his nature, perfections, purposes, promises, and gifts; wherefore he being holy, cannot turn to that which is evil; nor can he, who is the fountain of light, be the cause of darkness, or admit of any in him; and since every good and perfect gift comes from him, evil cannot proceed from him, nor can he tempt any to it. on StudyLight.org The word which is here rendered “variableness” ( παραλλαγὴ parallagē) occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. The sun, the source of light, rises and sets with a continual variety as to the times of both, and the length of the time in which, in the course of three hundred and sixty-five days, five hours, forty-eight minutes, and forty-eight seconds, it has its revolution through the ecliptic, or rather the earth has its revolution round the sun; and by which its light and heat are, to the inhabitants of the earth, either constantly increasing or decreasing: but God, the Creator and Preserver of all things, is eternally the same, dispensing his good and perfect gifts - his earthly and heavenly blessings, to all his creatures, ever unclouded in himself, and ever nilling Evil and willing Good. The phrase rendered “shadow of turning” would properly refer to the different shade or shadow cast by the sun from an object, in its various revolutions, in rising and setting, and in its changes at the different seasons of the year. The inscription and salutation are in James 1:1 in which the author of the epistle is described by his name and office; and the persons it is written to, by the tribes of Israel they belonged to, and by the condition in which they were scattered about in … Jam 1:26 The necessity of governing the tongue. The following saying of R. Chaninah (first century, A.D.) is preserved: (“R. Two words are used in the original for "gift," the first meaning the act of giving; the second, the thing given. James THE CROWN Jam 1:12. The activity of God in human affairs (James 1:17–18) A. The Jews say, that the good things of this world are not truly good, in comparison of the good things of the world to come, and are not גמור טוב, "a perfect good." Notes, 1 Timothy 6:16. With whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning - The design here is clearly to contrast God with the sun in a certain respect. And whatever can be called good, or pure, or light, or excellence of any kind, must necessarily spring from him, as he is the only source of all goodness and perfection. James could have pulled rank by opening the letter, “James, the son of the virgin Mary, brother of none other than Jesus Christ. One by Heman the Ezrahite Psalms 88:1-18 and one by Ethan the Ezrahite Psalms 89:1-52; one by Moses, Psalms 90:1-17. Compare 1 John 1:5. So it is with God. Whether of nature, providence, or grace, and especially the latter; spiritual gifts given along with Christ, or spiritual blessings in him; every such gift is; as the Vulgate Latin version reads, the "best" gift; better than those which only relate to the present life: and is "perfect" such as the gifts of righteousness, remission of sins, adoption, regeneration, and eternal life. As from the sun, which is the father or fountain of light, all light comes; so from God, who is the infinite Fountain, Father, and Source of good, all good comes. 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. James warns us to be careful about our words (James 3:1-12). 3. God does not send trials on you in order to make you worse, but to make you better ( james 1:16 james 1:17). In this respect God is not indeed like the sun. ii. The meaning here is, that there should be … It means change, alteration, vicissitude, and would properly be applied to the changes observed in astronomy. Verse 17. Christ is Glory; and therefore faith in Him is glorious, and the faithful are glorious. James 2:16 - and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,' and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? The fall of Jerusalem with its awful horrors, in the year 70 A.D., was a judgment of the Lord, but … James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. MY purpose is to bring out the elements of the blessed life here, by grouping together those New Testament passages which represent the future reward under the metaphor of the ‘crown,’ and so to gain, if not a complete, at all events a comprehensive view of the elements of the blessedness of the perfected life hereafter. Jump to: Bible Study Tools • Parallel Bible Verse • Bible Contextual Overview • Bible Verse Review • Bible Cross-References • Gill's Bible Notes • Clarke's Bible Notes • Barnes' Bible Notes It may be that the former means that which is benevolent in its character and tendency; the latter that which is entire, where there is nothing even apparently wanting to complete it;", which make the world of our soul luminous, and guide us to the land of, on the dial-face reveals to us the truth that the firmamental, “To demonstrate that God cannot seduce people with sin and evil, I tell you that God himself is the source of every, that blesses us (such as a sound mind, health, good fortune, etc. God, on the other hand, is as if the sun stood in the meridian at noon-day, and never cast any shadow. Only two real candidates have been proposed, James the brother of John, and James the oldest and half brother of Jesus (Mark 6:3). Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. To meet the danger, he says that, so far is it from being true that God is the source of evil, he is in fact the author of all that is good: every good gift, and every perfect gift, (James 1:17,) is from him, James 1:18. The Saviour’s promise is most reassuring. The prophet complains, that these are worse than those on whom vengeance was to be taken. 2 Corinthians 9:15 - Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! It appears to us to be the great original fountain of light, diffusing its radiance overall worlds. See diagram and notes at the end of this chapter. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above - Whatever is good is from God; whatever is evil is from man himself. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 221-231). Search using our Online Bible by Topic, Verse Reference or Phrase. Home > Study Desk. It does not shine on all parts of the earth at the same time, nor in the same manner all the year. I grew up with Him! Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above -. Light, in the Scriptures, is the emblem ot knowledge, purity, happiness; and God is often represented as light. Be humble and content (9-11) Authorship. (16) Do not err, my beloved brethren. The phrase rendered “shadow of turning” would properly refer to the different shade or shadow cast by the sun from an object, in its various revolutions, in rising and setting, and in its changes at the different seasons of the year. Every good gift and every perfect gift - The difference between good and perfect here, it is not easy to mark accurately. King James Version James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? But there is nothing of this kind with God; he is never affected by the changes and chances to which mortal things are exposed. He neither calls himself an apostle , nor does he say that he was the brother of Christ , or bishop of Jerusalem ; whether he was James the elder , son of Zebedee, or James the less , called our Lord's brother, or some other person of the same name, we know not. Search results for 'James 1:17' using the 'New International Version'. But in the sun there are certain changes. By its revolutions it produces the changes of the seasons, and makes a constant variety on the earth in the productions of different climes. Jam 1:19-25 We must receive the word with purity and meekness, and not only hear, but do it. James 1:13. parallagē) occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. —Thus far James the Wise has declared what God is not, what qualities are alien to Him; but this is only a negative aspect of the truth, and he now would show the positive—namely, that God is the Author of all and every good. James 1:15 warns against yielding to temptation by reminding us of the judgment of God, and James 1:17 warns us by reminding us of the goodness of God. ), and, (such as the forgiveness of sin, God’s grace, eternal life) comes down out of heaven from God!! Let no man say, when he is tempted — To commit sin, in whatever way it may be; I am tempted of God — God has laid this temptation in my way; for God cannot be tempted with evil — It cannot appear desirable, or otherwise than detestable, in God’s eyes; nor can he be inclined to it in any degree, through any external object, or any internal motion; neither tempteth he any … We may be sure that whatever changes there may be in human affairs; whatever reverses we may undergo; whatever oceans we may cross, or whatever mountains we may climb, or in whatever worlds we may hereafter take up our abode, God is the same. Jam 1:27 The essential duties of true religion. James 1:17, 27, 3:9 Father-God Language and OT Allusions in James - E Y Ng James 1:9–11 OF RAGS AND RICHES: THE BENEFITS OF HEARING JEREMIAH 9:23–24 WITHIN JAMES 1:9–11 H.H. Persevere in trials (2-4) III. The general sense is, that God is the author of all good. No cloud, no darkness seems to come from the sun, but it pours its rich effulgence on the farthest part of the universe. Home > Study Desk. 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. James Nisbet's Church Pulpit Commentary. Outline. There is, doubtless, an allusion here to the heavenly bodies, among which the sun is the most brilliant. And cometh down from the Father of lights - From God, the source and fountain of all light. Compare, “He does not rise and set like the sun and the moon! Jam 1:17,18 God is the unchangeable author of all good to his creatures. I. Greetings (1) II. See the examples quoted in Wetstein. We may learn from this that genuine wisdom is ever accompanied with meekness and gentleness. on … on StudyLight.org. Compare the notes at Isaiah 9:6. See the examples quoted in Wetstein. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. It is blasphemy, then, to say that God seduces men to sin so He will have an excuse to bring misery on them.”, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, 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, Stanley Derickson - Notes on Selected Books. With him there is no variableness, not even the appearance of turning. James 1:17. It rises and sets; it crosses the line, and seems to go far to the south, and sends its rays obliquely on the earth; then it ascends to the north, recrosses the line, and sends its rays obliquely on southern regions. See Clarke on James 1:17. There is no darkness in him 1 John 1:5; and all the moral light and purity which there is in the universe is to be traced to him. I knew Him long before He became famous!” But James (1:1) and his brother, Jude (Jude 1), both opened their letters by calling themselves bond-servants. In addition you can use the Interlinear Bible and much more to enhance your understanding of God's word. Coffman Commentaries on the Bible. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Chaninah said, ‘No evil thing cometh down from above’ ”.). That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (Ephesians 1:17) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18) He is therefore not any more fictitious than Noah and the prophet Daniel. of God--by agency proceeding from God. With whom is no variableness - The sun, the fountain of light to the whole of our system, may be obscured by clouds; or the different bodies which revolve round him, and particularly the earth, may from time to time suffer a diminution of his light by the intervention of other bodies eclipsing his splendor; and his apparent tropical variation, shadow of turning; when, for instance, in our winter, he has declined to the southern tropic, the tropic of Capricorn, so that our days are greatly shortened, and we suffer in consequence a great diminution both of light and heat. Pray with faith (5-8) IV. Faith tested by its response to the Word of God (James 1:19–27) A. As the source of light, there is a strong resemblance. Every thing that is good on the earth we are to trace to him; evil has another origin. The not bridling the tongue, readiness to speak of the faults of others, or to lessen their wisdom and piety, are signs of … In the New Testament the apostle James mentions his name and calls attention to his patience. The reactions to the Word (James 1:19–20) 1. Habakkuk 1:1-17. He occupies no one place in the universe; he fills the heavens and the earth, is everywhere present, sees all, pervades all, and shines upon all; dispenses his blessings equally to the universe; hates nothing that he has made; is loving to every man; and his tender mercies are over all his works: therefore he is not affected with evil, nor does he tempt, or influence to sin, any man. He is always the source of GOOD, and nothing but good!!! Drake Williams, III And this lesson he introduces with a caution to his brethren beloved, not to err. Also included links to commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, encyclopedia and lexicons. Christ was the Master Fisher of men, and He undertakes to make us ‘fishers’ like Himself, if only we will come after Him. The Author of the believer’s regeneration (James 1:18) The Test Marks of a Living Faith. Luke 2:32; Isaiah 40:5; Ephesians 1:17; 1 Peter 4:14. James 1:17 - Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
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