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James 5:8

    James 5:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Be you also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws near.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Be as calm in your waiting; let your hearts be strong: because the coming of the Lord is near.

    Webster's Revision

    Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

    World English Bible

    You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

    Definitions for James 5:8

    Nigh - Near.

    Clarke's Commentary on James 5:8

    Be ye also patient - Wait for God's deliverance, as ye wait for his bounty in providence.

    Stablish your hearts - Take courage; do not sink under your trials.

    The coming of the Lord draweth nigh - Ηγγικε· Is at hand. He is already on his way to destroy this wicked people, to raze their city and temple, and to destroy their polity for ever; and this judgment will soon take place.

    Barnes' Notes on James 5:8

    Be ye also patient - As the farmer is. In due time, as he expects the return of the rain, so you may anticipate deliverance from your trials.

    Stablish your hearts - Let your purposes and your faith be firm and unwavering. Do not become weary and fretful; but bear with constancy all that is laid upon you, until the time of your deliverance shall come.

    For the coming of the Lord draweth nigh - Compare Revelation 22:10, Revelation 22:12, Revelation 22:20; the notes at 1 Corinthians 15:51. It is clear, I think, from this place, that the apostle expected that that which he understood by "the coming of the Lord" was soon to occur; for it was to be that by which they would obtain deliverance from the trials which they then endured. See James 5:7. Whether it means that he was soon to come to judgment, or to bring to an end the Jewish policy and to set up his kingdom on the earth, or that they would soon be removed by death, cannot be determined from the mere use of the language. The most natural interpretation of the passage, and one which will accord well with the time when the Epistle was written, is, that the predicted time of the destruction of Jerusalem Matthew 24 was at hand; that there were already indications that that would soon occur; and that there was a prevalent expectation among Christians that that event would be a release from many trials of persecution, and would be followed by the setting up of the Redeemer's kingdom.

    Perhaps many expected that the judgment would occur at that time, and that the Saviour would set up a personal reign on the earth. But the expectation of others might have been merely - what is indeed all that is necessarily implied in the predictions on the subject - that there would be after that a rapid and extensive spread of the principles of the Christian religion in the world. The destruction of Jerusalem and of the temple would contribute to that by bringing to an end the whole system of Jewish types and sacrifices; by convincing Christians that there was not to be one central rallying-point, thus destroying their lingering prejudices in favor of the Jewish mode of worship; and by scattering them abroad through the world to propagate the new religion. The Epistle was written, it is supposed, some ten or twelve years before the destruction of Jerusalem, (Introduction, Section 3,) and it is not improbable that there were already some indications of that approaching event.

    Wesley's Notes on James 5:8

    5:8 Stablish your hearts - In faith and patience. For the coming of the Lord - To destroy Jerusalem. Is nigh - And so is his last coming to the eye of a believer.
    Book: James
    Topic: Patience