If we believe in the concept of servanthood, we would opt to the total control end of the spectrum, while if we reject God"s right to be our master, then what control could He want.
3. worship services, and so on). All rights reserved. 3. James 4:13-17. buy and sell = trade. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/james-4.html. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. Tomorrow is our apple, and we'll cut it up like we please. Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Come now, ye that say — As peremptorily as if your life were in your own hands.
See Art. come now!" It means to traffic, carry on trade, to go a trading. "Today or tomorrow"-indicating that these were real plans and not just pipe dreams. in which this word occurs; it means primarily “to travel,” then to travel for the purpose of trading, and finally “to trade” simply.— κερδήσομεν: a rare form; “the Attic is κερδανῶ, with aorist ἐκέρδανα, Ion. King James Version Update. 62: ἀλλʼ ἴθι, ταῦτα δʼ ὅπισθεν ἀρεσσόμεθʼ, Il.
This eagerness to travel for trade purposes is a prominent characteristic of the Jew of to-day. James 4:13 Do Not Boast About Tomorrow 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow 8 we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 1599-1645. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. All this is a sufficient proof that James has in view, as Oecumenius, Bede, Semler, Pott, Hottinger, and others have correctly remarked (differently Gebser, Schneckenburger, de Wette, Wiesinger; Theile considers that Jewish Christians and Jews are here addressed), not so much the members of the church, as rather the rich ( οἱ πλούσιοι, James 5:1), of whom it is already said in chap.
E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament.
We had one that worked fairly well, but I wanted a better one. Others supply a thought; thus Schulthess: πῶς ποιεῖτε, or ΄ὴ καλῶς ποιεῖτε, and the like. This is God's work and I don't want anyone to profit from it in a material way. Proud member James will treat the problem of riches in the next chapter. It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. Carefully note that there is nothing wrong with conducting business and making a profit.
Go to, a call to attention, found only here and in the beginning of the next chapter.
"You act as though everything were yours to decide, and that God had nothing to do with the events of the world!". BibliographyHampton, Gary. The use of the word tomorrow in relation to life being a vapor, may imply not only life is tentative, but also "tomorrow may be tentative. Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city - That is, they say this without any proper sense of the uncertainty of life, and of their absolute dependence on God. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. 456; of soldiers marching: Polybius, see Schweigh. [Note: Adamson, p178.] When we think of what some have called the sin of worldliness, we often think in terms of immodest apparel, filthy language, watching the wrong kind of television programs, movies and so on. Hence a person could return, buy a large piece of property, become a wealthy landowner or gentlemen farmer and enjoy the good life. There is a wide diversity on just how we relate to God"s will, and just how much control He desires in our lives. 10. κερδήσομεν. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers".
What is denounced is planning that leaves God out, planning that thinks human ingenuity alone is all that is necessary" (Kent p. 161). 4. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, And continue there a year, and buy and sell -, age nunis a phrase designed to arrest attention, as if there were something that demanded their notice, and especially, as in this case, with the implied thought that that to which the attention is called is wrong. Some allow Him little input into their lives, while others tend to look to God for each and every decision of life, even to the buying of a pair of shoes. What are the benefits of creating an account? ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. pro Mil. There is a Rabbinical saying, in Sanhed., 100b, which runs: “Care not for the morrow, for ye know not what a day may bring forth. Go to now - The apostle here introduces a new subject, and refers to another fault which was doubtless prevalent among them, as it is everywhere, that of a presumptuous confidence respecting the future, or of forming plans stretching into the future, without any proper sense of the uncertainty of life, and of our absolute dependence on God.
πολλά τινα πρὸς ταύτην τὴν ὑπόθεσιν ἐμπορεύων καὶ μεθοδευόμενος, Polyb. He said to him, Who art thou? 1871-8. It is a matter of dispute and considerable difficulty to whom this passage is addressed; whether James is here addressing unworthy members of the Christian Church, who had not yet laid aside the Jewish vices of their unconverted state; or whether he admonishes the oppressors of the Jewish Christians, the unbelieving Jews, the ungodly and rich in this world.
15 For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. Call us at 888-634-2038. Footnotes. “The practice to which the apostle here alludes,” says the editor of the Pictorial Bible, “is very common in the East to this day, among a very respectable and intelligent class of merchants. No thieves or robbers shall injure us! Carefully note, the people in this section are self-motivated, they aren"t lazy. For what is your life? The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information. The case of the son who took his portion and went off to seek his fortune in a far country was probably a not unusual incident in Jewish life. "Commentary on James 4:13". 1832. 17 Therefore, uto him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
See, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city -, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, today, or tomorrow, we will go into such a city, And continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, ὅτι τήνδε τὴν ἡμέραν ἐκ τοῦ πότου ἐκάθευδεν, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, If the Lord will, we shall do this or that. James chapter 4 reminds us that there is more much involved in being a Christian than just planning ahead or using your talents, abilities and financial resources in a prudent manner. More is needed to be right with God than rugged individualism. All self-starters, all conservative thinkers, and all hard workers are not necessarily right with God. The term translated "tomorrow" seems to be derived from a term that means a breeze.