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James 3:13

    James 3:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Who is wise and understanding among you? let him show by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Who has wisdom and good sense among you? let him make his works clear by a life of gentle wisdom.

    Webster's Revision

    Who is wise and understanding among you? let him show by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom.

    World English Bible

    Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good conduct that his deeds are done in gentleness of wisdom.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Who is wise and understanding among you? let him shew by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom.

    Definitions for James 3:13

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on James 3:13

    Who is a wise man - One truly religious; who, although he can neither bridle nor tame other men's tongues, can restrain his own.

    And endued with knowledge - Και επιστημων· And qualified to teach others.

    Let him show - Let him by a holy life and chaste conversation show, through meekness and gentleness, joined to his Divine information, that he is a Christian indeed; his works and his spirit proving that God is in him of a truth; and that, from the fullness of a holy heart, his feet walk, his hands work; and his tongue speaks. We may learn from this that genuine wisdom is ever accompanied with meekness and gentleness. Those proud, overbearing, and disdainful men, who pass for great scholars and eminent critics, may have learning, but they have not wisdom. Their learning implies their correct knowledge of the structure of language, and of composition in general; but wisdom they have none, nor any self-government. They are like the blind man who carried a lantern in daylight to keep others from jostling him in the street. That learning is not only little worth, but despicable, that does not teach a man to govern his own spirit, and to be humble in his conduct towards others.

    Barnes' Notes on James 3:13

    Who is a wise man, and endued with knowledge among you? - This is spoken with reference to the work of public teaching; and the meaning of the apostle is, that if there were such persons among them, they should be selected for that office. The characteristics here stated as necessary qualifications, are wisdom and knowledge. Those, it would seem, on which reliance had been placed, were chiefly those which were connected with a ready elocution, or the mere faculty of speaking. The apostle had stated the dangers which would follow if reliance were placed on that alone, and he now says that something more is necessary, that the main qualifications for the office are wisdom and knowledge. No mere power of speaking, however eloquent it might be, was a sufficient qualification. The primary things to be sought in reference to that office were wisdom and knowledge, and they who were endowed with these things should be selected for public instructors.

    Let him show out of a good conversation - From a correct and consistent life and deportment. On the meaning of the word "conversation," see the notes at Philippians 1:27. The meaning here is, that there should be an upright life, and that this should be the basis in forming the judgment in appointing persons to fill stations of importance, and especially in the office of teaching in the church.

    His works - His acts of uprightness and piety. He should be a man of a holy life.

    With meekness of wisdom - With a wise and prudent gentleness of life; not in a noisy, arrogant, and boastful manner. True wisdom is always meek, mild, gentle; and that is the wisdom which is needful, if men would become public teachers. It is remarkable that the truly wise man is always characterized by a calm spirit, a mild and placid demeanor, and by a gentle, though firm, enunciation of his sentiments. A noisy, boisterous, and stormy declaimer we never select as a safe counsellor. He may accomplish much in his way by his bold eloquence of manner, but we do not put him in places where we need far-reaching thought, or where we expect the exercise of profound philosophical views. In an eminent degree, the ministry of the gospel should be characterized by a calm, gentle, and thoughtful wisdom - a wisdom which shines in all the actions of the life.

    Wesley's Notes on James 3:13

    3:13 Let him show his wisdom as well as his faith by his works; not by words only.
    Book: James
    Topic: Works