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James 4:10

    James 4:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Make yourselves low in the eyes of the Lord and you will be lifted up by him.

    Webster's Revision

    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.

    World English Bible

    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.

    Clarke's Commentary on James 4:10

    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord - In James 4:7 they were exhorted to submit to God; here they are exhorted to humble themselves in his sight. Submission to God's authority will precede humiliation of soul, and genuine repentance is performed as in the sight of God; for when a sinner is truly awakened to a sense of his guilt and danger, he seems to see, whithersoever he turns, the face of a justly incensed God turned against him.

    He shall lift you up - Mourners and penitents lay on the ground, and rolled themselves in the dust. When comforted and pardoned, they arose from the earth, shook themselves from the dust, and clothed themselves in their better garments. God promises to raise these from the dust, when sufficiently humbled.

    Barnes' Notes on James 4:10

    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord - Compare Matthew 23:12. See the notes at James 4:6. That is, be willing to take your appropriate place in the dust on account of your transgressions. This is to be "in the sight of the Lord," or before him. Our sins have been committed against him; and their principal aggravation, whoever may have been wronged by them, and great as is their criminality in other respects, arises from that consideration. Psalm 51:4, "against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight." Luke 15:18, "I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee." As the Being against whom we have sinned is the only one who can pardon, it is proper that we should humble ourselves before him with penitent confession.

    And he shall lift you up - He will exalt you from the condition of a broken-hearted penitent to that of a forgiven child; will wipe away your tears, remove the sadness of your heart, fill you with joy, and clothe you with the garments of salvation. This declaration is in accordance with all the promises in the Bible, and with all the facts which occur on the earth, that God is willing to show mercy to the humble and contrite, and to receive those who are truly penitent into his favor. Compare Luke 15:22.