He will draw nigh to you; to sustain, comfort, and provide for you. The saddest duties are sweeter than the greatest triumphs, and the worst and most afflicted part of godliness is better than all the joys and comforts of the world. There is one phrase especially in our text on which we desire to lay stress: “In the sight of the Lord.” Our humility is to be wrought in His sight. James 4:8 NIV • James 4:8 NLT • James 4:8 ESV • James 4:8 NASB • James 4:8 KJV • James 4:8 Interlinear • James 4:8 Commentaries • James 4:8 Parallel Texts • James 4:8 Bible Apps • James 4:8 Parallel • Bible Hub a. 1. 229-232. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. Copyright StatementThe text of this work is public domain. Sanctify him, Leviticus 10:3, and he will satisfy you, Psalms 91:16. Tests And Triumphs Of Faith: James. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. It is our pleasure to be in the society of those we love, and to converse with them. We may address him directly in prayer; we may approach him by meditation on his character; we may draw near to him in the ordinances of religion. CONSIDERATIONS ON THE PERFECTIONS OF GOD AND HIS RELATIONS TO US, AS MOTIVES AND INDUCEMENTS FOR DRAWING NIGH TO HIM. SHOW WITH WHAT TEMPERS AND DISPOSITIONS OF MIND WE MUST DRAW NIGH TO GOD. Sin is serious business, a fact that many believers have not come in contact with. If we wish the favor of God, we must come to him; nor can we hope for his mercy, unless we approach him and ask him for it. We must draw nigh to God with firm resolutions of continuing, through His grace, in His service during our whole lives. There is not much difference in the two words here rendered ‘cleansing’ and ‘purifying:’ the former is freedom from stain or blemish, the latter is consecrated or set apart. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. The ascription of praise to God is certainly a delightful exercise to every grateful heart. The priests before they ministered at the altar, and the people before they prayed, always washed their hands, thus intimating the purity with which we ought to approach God. Contributed by Rodney Johnson on Oct 24, 2020. The time for ceremonies is past. ◄ James 4:8 ► Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Some causes of contention, besides those mentioned in the foregoing chapter, and to watch against them (v. 1-5). Note, James has a tremendous amount of love for these brethren, but there at times when love must speak plainly. This was doubtless done to impress them with the seriousness of the situation, and to shock them into action to remedy it" (Woods p. 230). This will lead us to a serious examination of ourselves: to a review of our past conversation; and a comparison of it with the rule of His commandments. Psalms 24:4, ἀθῷος χερσὶ καὶ καθαρὸς τῇ καρδίᾳ …; in Is. The mother of Artaxerxes was wont to say, that they who would address themselves unto princes must use silken words: surely he that would approach unto God must consider, and look as well to his words as to his feet. As showing the reasonableness of prayer, consider the benefits of a persevering attendance on this duty. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/james-4.html. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. ), Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up, The heart is naturally at enmity with God. James 4:8. ἐγγίσατε τῷ θεῷ, καὶ ἐγγίσει ὑμῖν: here, again, we have what to Christian ears sounds rather like a reversal of the order of things; we should expect the order to be that expressed in such words as, “Ye did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16). Comp. It has been the sentiment of mankind, universally, that children ought to cherish peculiar respect fur their parents. 1917. Draw nigh to God — So “cleave unto Him,” Deuteronomy 30:20, namely, by prayerfully (James 4:2, James 4:3) “resisting Satan,” who would oppose our access to God. Worship is coming into His presence, and waiting upon Him--is listening to His voice. Used of Levitical purifying four times. To purify means to remove all mixture of evil desires, and the heart can be thus purified only "by [the] faith" Acts 15:9. Cleanse yourhands. Christians should be showing the way, not covering it up with our worldly like living. BibliographyAbbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. It will not be understood from this that Jewish worship was only of this outward, ceremonial character. Prayer is the way to a life of communion with God--a means of keeping up an acquaintance with, and of growing in the knowledge of God. 2. 1. THE ENCOURAGEMENT given to perform this duty. Compare Deuteronomy 21:6; Psalm 26:6. "purify your hearts"-Without the purification of the heart, cleaning up the outward actions is vain. James 4:8. It will not do to present to God the outward prostration for the inward repentance, the words of humility for the self-renunciation of the heart. And in this simple relation, even though we had done nothing to offend Him, humility is at once graceful and necessary; for, as we owe everything to Him, and as we depend upon Him for everything, it would be presumptuous, undutiful, to have one thought towards Him or to make one movement before Him, which proceeded on the supposition that we were not so indebted and so dependent. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. II. Mouton. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. These things thus set down, in the last place we are taught how we should draw near to God, which the apostle expresseth in these words: John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. I. And because grace (having once entered the heart) discovers itself by an immediate cleansing of the hands; so that if we would have a holy life, we must get a clean heart. Certainly "love" requires us to speak truth, even when it is difficult to do so. A grateful heart is burdened with a sense of obligation until it finds relief in rendering a tribute of thanks to Him who is the Giver of every good and every perfect gift. And one of the most common refuges in which the natural pride of man fortifies itself, is the self-righteous plea of what is called innocence and amiableness of character. ", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. The reasonableness of prayer may be shown from the example of the Saviour. 1 Timothy 2:8. It is first of all by being cleansed. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/james-4.html. BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on James 4:8". Hence humility is the first of Christian virtues: not that God wishes to see us debased, but that self-abasement is in accordance with the truth of our character, and is the way to exaltation. Look at the hope found in this verse! Draw nigh to God; in prayer for all needed wisdom and strength to resist temptation and to persevere, whatever be the consequences, in doing right. Observe, 2. 8. καθαρίσατε χεῖρας κ.τ.λ. Prayer is speaking to God. 3. None but the clean-handed can ascend into the hill of the Lord (justified through Christ, who alone was perfectly so, and as such “ascended” thither). It must be in righteousness and holiness. The person who can"t seem to make up their mind. 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, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, τὰς ψυχὰς ὑμῶν ἡγνικότες ἐν τῇ ὑπακοῇ τῆς ἀληθείας, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 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, "Sorry bud, didn"t mean nuttin by it bro! Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. The devices of God’s wisdom become acceptable to you, the offers of His mercy become welcome to you, the hopes of His favour become precious to you, the whole manifestation of His redeeming love becomes available to you. ye double-minded: having, as it were, two souls—the one professing to be attached to God, and the other really attached to the world. This is not to be done by ceremonial ablutions, moral services, or evangelical ordinances; this is God's work only, as appears from his promises to cleanse his people from their sins, by sprinkling clean water upon them; from the end of Christ's shedding his blood, and the efficacy of it; and from the prayers of the saints, that God would wash them thoroughly from their iniquity, and cleanse them from their sin, and create clean hearts in them: and yet such exhortations are not in vain, since they may be useful to convince men of their pollution, who are pure in their own eyes, as these hypocritical, nominal professors, might be; and to bring them to a sense of their inability to cleanse themselves, and of the necessity of being cleansed elsewhere; and to lead them to inquire after the proper means of cleansing, and so to the fountain of Christ's blood, which only cleanses from all sin. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. But it is only the pure in heart and hand that can approach God: therefore—Purify your hands (the hands being the external organs of action, and becoming polluted by the act, as e. g. by blood in the act of murder: cf. 2. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Similar expressions in 2 Chronicles 15:2; Isaiah 57:15; Zechariah 1:3. See on this subject the Preface to the third volume of Calvin’s Commentaries on Jeremiah. 1. No person is accused nor even specifically admonished except the guilty ones. The concept of self-denial is at the heart of Paul's teaching on submission to God: We have died with Christ and must sacrifice our lives for Him. The cleansing of the hands refers to external, and the purification of the hearts to internal purity; the one to the absence from contention, and the other to freedom from those lusts which were the cause of contention; the external and the internal must correspond: we must have ‘clean hands and a pure heart’(Psalms 24:4). Had we nothing more to tell you than that you are sinners, it would only fill you with mortification, hopelessness, and anguish. James 4:9, ESV: "Be wretched and mourn and weep.Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom." “ ἐγγίζειν is not to be limited to prayer, but is to be understood generally of man’s turning to God” (Wiesinger). 1878. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". | 245 views. Observe here, 1. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/james-4.html. That he separates himself from evil ways and evil companions, and devotes himself to God. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." "E.W. BibliographyMeyer, Heinrich. Double-minded - divided between God and the world: at fault in heart; the sinner in his hands likewise. What a thought! "The Adam Clarke Commentary". Draw nigh—The reverse of resist. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/james-4.html. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? This implies, in the first place--. James 4:8-17 New International Version (NIV) 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. double-minded — divided between God and the world. to signify to us our deep pollution, and universal pollution; we are called upon both to cleanse and to purify, and that both our hands and our hearts. We only exhort you to form a just and precise valuation of what you really are, as compared with what you ought to be, according to the rule which has been Divinely enacted, and to maintain the conduct which such an appreciation is calculated to produce. Mark! 2. ), Mourn savourly and soakingly, with a deep and downright sorrow, so as a man would do in the death of his dearest friend. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. James 4:8. "Commentary on James 4:8". 3. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. 1 have often thought of that picture, and said to myself, that in some such way God’s all-seeing eye follows me all my life through. This ought not to be so. It seems he is serious about people that are not doing well with the Lord, correcting their problem. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. "Commentary on James 4:8". And now the way by which they can submit to God and draw near to him is explained. Confession of sin is a part of prayer full of blessedness. He here addresses all those who were alienated from God and he does not refer to two sorts of men, but he calls the same sinners and double-minded Nor does he understand every kind of sinners, but the wicked and those of a corrupt life. We clean them by confession and repentance. Trapp. "Commentary on James 4:8". Laughter and joy are now characteristic of them. "Commentary on James 4:8". Greek. The others are 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:3. Purify your hearts , [ hagnisate (Greek #48)] - make chaste of spiritual adultery (James 4:4; James 1:1-27 :e., worldliness) your hearts, the inward source of all impurity. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. The person who tries to get the best-for self out of the world and the best-for self out of Christianity at the same time. He again reminds us that the aid of God will not be wanting to us, provided we give place to him. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. And purify your hearts; your thoughts and inward affections, from whence the evils of your outward actions proceed, Isaiah 60:7: see 1 Peter 1:22 1 John 3:3. Then said I, Here [am] I send me.". Ans. Commerce with God in an ordinance is one thing, and communion with him is another; a man may have a commerce or trade with an enemy for profit sake, whilst he refuses to hold communion with him in a way of friendship and intimacy of acquaintance. It may be inferred from what is said here that no one can hope for the favor of God who does not abandon his transgressions. "It is noteworthy that the more common "brethren" by which James usually addressed his readers, gives way to this sharp term of reproach in this instance. iv. Copyright StatementThese files are considered public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available in the Online Bible Software Library. It is not unusual in scripture to put that first which is visible first, as calling before election, 2 Peter 1:10. This is the glorious “lifting up” which always accompanies a true humility. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. Snyder.). If you saw one person using every art to please another, and to draw him into conversation, and the second person avoided his presence, and refused intercourse, what would you think? 1. We have repeatedly noted his amazing familiarity with the whole spectrum of Christian doctrine. Yet in every approach to God, it is true there must be a “desire “to be free from sin; and this doubtless is the view of the commentary; indeed it is so expressed, though some words are objectionable.). A true humility is alive, and bears fruit in a new and holy life. The heart was not right in such persons. 1863-1878. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you - Compare 2 Chronicles 15:2. Pott erroneously supposes the first expression to be a symbolical designation of μετάνοια, and denies its reference to the externa vitae integritas (Carpzov). Prayer is the way to a life of communion with God--a means of keeping up an acquaintance with, and of growing in the knowledge of God. "Commentary on James 4:8". Christians are brethren. for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on James 4:8". James 4:8 "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. James 4:8 Context 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? If we are truly and devoutly desirous of drawing nigh to God, one of our earliest considerations will naturally be, how unfit we are to come to Him. ἁμαρτωλοί … δίψυχοι. So men have always deemed it proper to specially regard and honour those high in authority. ‘Purify your hearts.’ This emphasises the need for them to be cleansed within, in the inner man, which is responsible for men’s thoughts (Mark 7:21-23). We must wash our hands, symbolic of our outward actions, as well as our divided hearts, symbolic of our inner attitudes and motives. (T. Townson, D. D.), The approach of a devout mind to the Almighty. (H. On the wall was a large painting of an eye. (“To obtain the favor of God, it is necessary to put away our sins” - is somewhat unguarded phraseology. James 4:8. "Worship God with your life, with a deep sense of his holiness and justice, deal with others as he deals with you, and he will bless and assist you in your efforts to serve him! Used by Permission. They see the value of Christianity, but they still want to flirt with sin. 4. But how many of us when we repent, simply cleanse the hands? Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. By wavering or double-minded he noteth the shameful hypocrisy which was crept in, even into their lives, which made some show of religion, And had a pretence of godliness, but in their hearts were full of ungodliness. ", "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". James 4:8. ", Isaiah 6:5 "Then said I, Woe [is] me! James 4:8 NASB. BibliographyDerickson, Stanley. They were to wash their hands as though they had been stained with blood, as the crime of murder had been imputed to them in James 4:2 : and they were to purify their hearts from the covetings and ambitious desires which they had entertained. David Peach walks through James 4 offering a great Bible study and commentary on how you can yield to God’s will for your life. The dreadful consequences of continued estrangement. BibliographyPett, Peter. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/znt/james-4.html. "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". It gives unspeakable joy. Learn, 4. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. in the reformation both of the inward and outward man. An excellent way to moderate the excess of joy is to mix it with some weeping. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/james-4.html. God will be sanctified in all them that draw nigh to him, Leviticus 10:3, he will be served like himself, he will be no loser by us. Then draw nigh to God in prayer, and he will draw nigh unto you, will hear you; which that nothing may hinder, cleanse your hands - Cease from doing evil. Of his favor, holiness is the fruit, the effect, and not the cause. The abjectness and servility of one man to another are not pleasing to God. There are certain indispensable prerequisites. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. This declaration contains a great and important principle in religion. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners - There may possibly be an allusion here to Isaiah 1:15-16; “Your hands are full of blood; wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil.” The heart is the seat of motives and intentions - that by which we devise anything; the hands, the instruments by which we execute our purposes. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.". New York. "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". These things thus set down, in the last place we are taught how we should draw near to God, which the apostle expresseth in these words: “Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purge your hearts, you double-minded.”. 1. 1865-1868. Come near to God. Draw nigh to God - Approach Him, in the name of Jesus, by faith and prayer, and he will draw nigh to you - he will meet you at your coming. and he will draw nigh to you. Draw nigh to God: not to be limited to prayer, but to be understood of our intercourse with God generally. 1909-1922. The mere washing of the hands, in itself, could not recommend us to his favor; but that of which the washing of the hands would be an emblem, would be acceptable in his sight. The person who loves God, but not completely, they have some trust in God, but not fully, they don"t like some things in the world, but they don"t abhor every evil in the world. 3. That they loved each other? "Commentary on James 4:8". The epithets ‘sinners’ and ‘double-minded’ refer not to different, but to the same class of persons. The believer’s humility, being in the sight of the Lord, implies a life in the sight of the Lord. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/james-4.html. 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