|Overview - James 5|
|1||Wicked rich men are to fear God's vengeance.|
|7||We ought to be patient in afflictions, after the example of the prophets, and Job;|
|12||to forbear swearing;|
|13||to pray in adversity, to sing in prosperity;|
|14||to acknowledge mutually our several faults, to pray one for another;|
|19||and to reduce a straying brother to the truth.|
James 5:20 (King James Version)
Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
- that he
- shall save
- Proverbs 11:30 ; Romans 11:14 ; 1 Corinthians 9:22 ; 1 Timothy 4:16 ; Philemon 1:19
- from death
- 1:15 Proverbs 10:2 ; 11:4 John 5:24 ; Revelation 20:6
- Psalms 32:1 ; Proverbs 10:12 ; 1 Peter 4:8 James, the son of Alphaeus, the brother of Jacob, and the nearrelation of our Lord, called also James the Less, probablybecause he was of lower stature, or younger, than the otherJames, the son of Zebedee, is generally allowed to be the writerof this Epistle; and the few that have doubted this haveassigned very slight reasons for their dissent, and advancedvery weak arguments on the other side. It is recorded inecclesiastical history, and the book of the Acts of the Apostlesconfirms the fact, that he generally resided at Jerusalem,superintending the churches in that city, and in theneighbouring places, to the end of his life, which wasterminated by martyrdom about A
- D. 62. This epistle appears to have been written but a short time before his death; and it isprobable that the sharp rebukes and awful warnings given in itto his countrymen excited that persecuting rage which terminatedhis life. It is styled Catholic, or General, because it was notaddressed to any particular church, but to the Jewish nationthroughout their dispersions. Though its genuineness wasdoubted for a considerable time, yet its insertion in theancient Syriac version, which was executed at the close of thefirst, or the beginning of the second century, and the citationof, or allusion to it, by Clement of Rome, Hermas, andIgnatious, and its being quoted by Origen, Jerome, Athanasius,and most of the subsequent ecclesiastical writers, as well asits internal evidence, are amply sufficient to prove the point.