Hardly. Shortly after saying “Amen,” he proceeded to fuss about the preacher, the church, his job. There are 7 uses in the Septuagint (Lxx) where it most often means something like "similarity. CSB  James 3:7 Every sea creature, reptile, bird, or animal is tamed and has been tamed by man. To pray or wish evil or ruin toward someone or some thing. The words which this wisdom utters may be of God’s glory, but their real aim is man’s glory. "Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself" (Proverbs 25:9). Such inconsistencies are not found in nature, but out of the human being can come both bitter and sweet words. But according to news reports, neither wanted to give way to the other. Let him show - If you claim to be wise, prove it! If God lights the fire and controls it, then the tongue can be a mighty tool for the winning of the lost and the building up of the church. Earthly wisdom is often associated with qualities like mental ability. We don't need to be demon possessed because we have the indwelling, unredeemed, depraved flesh to "animate" our tongue, undoubtedly aided from time to time by " flaming arrows of the evil one." "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man" (Matt. In this life of course, no believer will reach perfection in the area of "tongue control", but our daily goal should be steady progression toward greater and greater degrees of Christ-likeness as we learn to rely wholly on His Holy Spirit. Am I trying to advance my own status or position in the church? He later admonished them, "Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise" (Eph 5:15). For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. Remember, if God takes our words seriously, so should we. Such will stand forever and ever. If not, check out what kind of seed you’re sowing. so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. But the tongue no one in the human race is able to control. Thomas Manton, Evil words show a wicked heart, and idle words a vain mind. “Let your light shine (aorist imperative) before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." 2:10; Phil. Christian mercy is mercy for all who are in trouble, even if they have brought that trouble on themselves. (GENTLENESS) Humility is the character trait underlying the Christian behavior described in the entire letter; this is the trait to cultivate if one would take James's teaching deeply into one's life (cf James 1:21+). Amplified  Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine figs? ", J Vernon McGee - As someone has said, "The most untamable thing in the world has its den just behind the teeth." It is found only twice in the New Testament. It is a restless evil and full of deadly poison - Notice the two reasons the tongue is so dangerous - (1) it never rests and (2) it is deadly. She showed her shopping list to the girl helping her and said, “It’s in two tongues (lenguas).” But she meant to say that she had written it in two languages (idiomas). James 3:13  Who among you is wise and understanding? Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? But relying on our own intelligence, uninformed by God, can lead to “selfish ambition” and “bitter envy” (v. 14). . "Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross" (Proverbs 26:23). You sent Your Son to die! Zodhiates adds "The tongue is only an instrument of the mind and heart and is appropriately located in between the two. Unless we douse it with confes­sion and repentance, it will eventually consume us. NRS  James 3:18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. Utley - True wisdom is known by its deeds. He wrote, “The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. Remember that the tongue speaks only what is in the heart. A bird is known by his note, a man by his talk. NRS  James 3:11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? Others can’t help but notice when we honor God with what we say—or don’t say. What kind are you sowing? The tongue is not just wild and raging like an animal, but clever, plotting, and subtly deceptive. Especially in times of crisis, the right word can bring healing and encouragement, while the wrong word can destroy your relationship with another person. It spawns a society whose watchwords are "Do your own thing," "Have it your way," and "Look out for number one." Even with the temptation of Christ the devil was slick and sly (cf Lk 4:1-13+). A joyous word may light the day. He commands, 'Discipline your speaking.' I'm always saying the wrong thing!” Yet Scripture clearly states that an abusive tongue is not under the control of the Spirit (James 3:3–l0). They say and do the right things at the right time for the right reasons. It is no small matter when we open our mouths. 8:63; 1 Ki. (3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Louw-Nida - "to produce something new, with the implication of using materials already in existence.". NET  James 3:8 But no human being can subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. Paul tells us what attitude we are supposed to have in our lives. NJB  James 3:18 The peace sown by peacemakers brings a harvest of justice. Who will GUIDE US INTO ALL TRUTH so growth will be produced by the Word, PRODUCING His fruitage of LOVE IN OUR LIVES that knows no discrimination. 21 Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife. "The lips of knowledge are a precious jewel" (Proverbs 20:15). — Reprinted by permission. Beloved, that's the power of our unbridled, unruddered tongue, unless it is continually surrendered to the guarding, guiding power of the Holy Spirit! Would you turn hungry lions or angry snakes loose in your Sunday morning service? "A gentle tongue is a tree of life" (Proverbs 15:4). It may hurt a little and it may take a while, but God relentlessly seeks our transformation. ASV  James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? On Listening (James 3 - IVP Commentary), Hiebert on beginning with a question - The interrogative approach, with its personal appeal, aims at the conscience of each of his readers. Is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy - First - first in rank and time. And immediately a rooster crowed. The Gospel of Christ’ (for this is what is here, as so often in the New Testament, meant by ‘the truth’) ‘has for its spirit love, meekness, longsuffering; and thus the wisdom which Christ gives through that truth reveals itself in these graces: if ye, then, have in your hearts envy, and self-seeking, and contentiousness, to boast of these as being His wisdom is to lie against Him and His truth.’  The statement that to give the name of Christian wisdom to a condition of mind and heart such as has been described in the first clause of the fourteenth verse, is ‘to boast and lie against God’s truth,’ is supported and illustrated in the two verses that follow. (Faith, Love & Hope: An Exposition of the Epistle of James), THOUGHT - This reminds me of Jesus' command to let our light shine in Matthew 5 - “You are the light of the world. and out of their mouth that had just blessed God came vile curse words! In Hebrews 11:38 faithful saints of the past are said to have sought refuge from a hateful world in “caves (opē) of the earth,” which were really just “holes in the ground.” In James 3:11 opē refers to a smaller opening or hole from which a fountain or spring sends forth water. -Gilbert. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. 13:9; 2 Sam. 141:3). (Steven Cole), The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 1:17+)  And in the present context one "good thing" and "perfect gift" is wisdom from above, from God our Father! (Rom. Its only sure killer is a long and hard look at what Jesus accomplished when He died on the cross. This truth is true throughout the epistle. As members of God’s church, we need to be “rivets” without defect. 3 Indeed, we put ...read more Scripture: James 3:3 Their careless speech was not just a matter of the words they used or attitudes they displayed, it also demonstrated their lack of concern for the impact those words could have on others. NRS  James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire. Beloved, as an alien and stranger (short timer) on earth, you need to change your intake from earthly to heavenly, from the temporal to the eternal. That calm hostility. And ere my Lord can reign in me, (James 1:17+). The Hebrew word chokmah corresponds to the Greek sophos. But hardly anyone says, “Listen to yourself.” I’m not suggesting that we have an inner voice that always knows the right thing to say. BBE  James 3:10 Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. Words have the potential to kill relationships, paralyze love, poison minds, destroy faith, stain purity and deface reputations. The rich rejoice that they have discovered the emptiness of material wealth, and the poor rejoice that they have discovered eternal riches. Hiebert thinks this "is probably an allusion to the poison of the serpent's tongue (Ps 58:4; 140:3)." Matthew Poole - The poison of the tongue is no less deadly, it murders men’s reputations by the slanders it utters, their souls by the lusts and passions it stirs up in them, and many times their bodies too by the contentions and quarrels it raiseth against men. This verb is widely used in classical Greek for gaining control of animals, people, nature, or anything requiring effort to master. (Gal 5:17+), Likeness (only NT use)(3669)(homoiosis from homoioo = to make like) describes a state of similarity likeness, resemblance, a becoming like. : Pass. And as Solomon says, "Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain" (Prov.     That many a kink All rights reserved, Summary of Study of James from chapter 1-3. — Reprinted by permission. NJB  James 3:15 this is not the wisdom that comes from above, but earthly, human and devilish. "As clouds and wind without rain, So is he that boasteth himself of his gifts falsely" (Proverbs 25:14). The tongue sets our lives on fire, and is itself set on fire from hell. Worthlessness is the central notion and thus phaulos indicates the impossibility of any true gain ever coming forth. — Julie Ackerman Link So what is the solution? Used in the Nestle-Aland text is James 1:8+ of the doubting man who is unstable in all areas of life and here in James 3:8, describing the tongue as incapable of restraint. "Wisdom shall enter into thy heart… To deliver thee from the way of evil… To deliver thee from the strange woman (Proverbs 2:10-16). "Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; A stranger, and not thine own lips" (Proverbs 27:2). One of the hardest things for the Christian to do is to be truthful and honest in his showmanship, to let his tongue represent that which is in his heart. This makes me think of the passage in Genesis 4 when Cain was downcast because God did not accept his offering... Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Bitter waters were made sweet at Marah when a divinely revealed tree was cast into them (Exod. NIV  James 3:12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Christian: He is the son of one Say-well; he dwelt in Prating Row; and is known of all that are acquainted with him, by the name of Talkative in Prating Row; and notwithstanding his fine tongue, he is but a sorry fellow. By:  Dave Branon (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI.     In clear black and white We recommend Pilgrim Publications, where the Ages disk may be purchased at a discount. YLT  James 3:7 For every nature, both of beasts and of fowls, both of creeping things and things of the sea, is subdued, and hath been subdued, by the human nature. He said that with the tongue we bless our God who created us, but we also curse those whom He has created (v.9). So, "under God" there is equality—but only under God. For every word in Hitler's book, Mein Kampf, 125 lives were lost in World War II. The parents were heartbroken when their young adopted daughter died in an unusual accident. "The lips of the righteous feed many" (Proverbs 10:21). 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. 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