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2016 December 3

No. 1: Enea Piccolomini Leaves for the Council of Basel (1502-1508)
Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
Italian Renaissance Style
Siena Cathedral, Piccolomini Library, Duomo, Siena, Italy
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: In James 3, James says that not many should be teachers because those who teach will be judged with greater strictness. In many things we offend everyone. Anyone who does not offend in his words is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. We turn horses with a bit. We turn ships with a very small rudder. (1-4).
     Likewise, the tongue is a small member, but it does great things. For example, consider how great a little fire can become. Likewise, the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity which defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire by hell. Every kind of beast, bird, serpent, and sea creature has been tamed by man. "But the tongue can no man tame." (v. 8). With the tongue we bless God and curse men even though men are made in the image of God. Blessings and curses come from the same mouth. These things should not be. A spring does not pour out fresh and salt water from the same opening. Fig trees do not bear olives; a grapevine does not produce figs; a salt pond does not give fresh water (5-12).
     If anyone is wise, let him show it by good works done in meekness and wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not wisdom that comes from above; it is earthly, sensual, and devilish. Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. A harvest of righteousness comes from peacemakers (13-18). ]
     [Sermons: Michael Lawrence. Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's painting depicts horses and ships under the control of and in service to men. In today's chapter, James mentions the irony that men can control large horses and large ships, but they cannot control their small tongue. ]



          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

Book Outline:

JAMES (COVENANT LIVING: How to Properly Care for One Another)
1. Exhortations to all With Particular Application to the Poor & Rich (James 1:1 - James 1:27) - 40 A.D. Israel
2. Exhortations to the Church Leaders (James 2:1 - James 4:17) - 40 A.D. Israel
3. Exhortations to the Rich (James 5:1 - James 5: 6) - 40 A.D. Israel
4. Exhortations to the Poor (James 5:7 - James 5:12) - 40 A.D. Israel
5. Exhortations to all with Particular Application to the Leaders (James 5:13 - James 5:20) - 40 A.D. Israel

James 3

2. Exhortations to the Church Leaders (James 2:1 - James 4:17) - 40 A.D. Israel

     1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all.If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth [where-soever the impulse of the helmsman intends.]
     5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 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. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind [man-kind]: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
     13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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