James 1:16

16 1Do not be [a]deceived, 2my beloved brethren.

James 1:16 Meaning and Commentary

James 1:16

Do not err, my beloved brethren.
] For to make God the author of sin, or to charge him with being concerned in temptation to sin, is a very great error, a fundamental one, which strikes at the nature and being of God, and at the perfection of his holiness: it is a denying of him, and is one of those damnable errors and heresies, which bring upon men swift destruction; and therefore to be guarded against, rejected, and abhorred by all that profess any regard unto him, his name and glory.

James 1:16 In-Context

14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.
15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

Cross References 2

  • 1. 1 Corinthians 6:9
  • 2. Acts 1:15; James 1:2, 19; James 2:1, 5, 14; James 3:1, 10; James 4:11; James 5:12, 19

Footnotes 1

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