Cleanse … hands — the outward instruments of action. Revelation 7:17, E. V.) to you. The heathen and the Jews were accustomed to wash their hands before they engaged in public worship. hagnizo. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/james-4.html. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Certainly "love" requires us to speak truth, even when it is difficult to do so. There were few real answers, mostly blaming it on the ultra conservative people that are legalistic in their manner, which in turn puts people off. And further, to draw nigh to God was necessary before they could set themselves in array under his authority, so that there is a connection between this verse and the former: the ultimate object, stated first, was submission to God, and to be under his protection; and all that follows was necessary for that purpose. And purify your hearts - That is, do not rest satisfied with a mere external reformation; with putting away your outward transgressions. BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on James 4:8". The ascription of praise to God is certainly a delightful exercise to every grateful heart. But we must not neglect to remind you of that affecting display of the evil of sin, and of the degradation of the sinner, as these appear in the sight of the Lord which has been made in the Cross of Christ. "you sinners"-The Christian who is a friend of the world is a sinner. Be impressed that one can be a professed Christian and yet be far from God. But we are required to speak the truth lovingly (Ephesians 4:15). He is ready to offer Himself, and is pressed at hand to all such as come near unto Him, to make them to feel the comfort of His presence. Demosth.) "Commentary on James 4:8". "Commentary on James 4:8". I went one day into his office. BibliographyBurkitt, William. "Commentary on James 4:8". We have already been told how to draw near to God, that is by humbling ourselves, and placing our selves completely under His authority. When a soul sets out to seek God, God sets out to meet that soul; so that while we are drawing near to him, he is drawing near to us. Further helpful aspects of this commentary are: the inclusion of the main idea, exegetical outlines and grammatical structure of each paragraph. Note, James has a tremendous amount of love for these brethren, but there at times when love must speak plainly. New York, USA. Bible Language English. The “double-minded” is at fault in heart; the sinner in his hands likewise. Such an exaltation implies satisfaction and joy. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. “’God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.’ So submit to God. Ye double minded] Ye that have your hearts divided between two, and as it were cloven asunder. | 245 views. A most joyous word.— καθαρίσατε, cleanse) That you may be able to put to flight the devil.— ἁγνίσατε, purify) that ye may be able to approach God, having laid aside adultery of soul.— δίψυχοι, ye double-minded) who give yourselves both to God and to the world, James 4:4. That we are commanded to draw near unto God, doth it not insinuate unto us that naturally we are estranged and alienated from Him? None but the clean-handed can ascend into the hill of the Lord (justified through Christ, who alone, being perfectly so, 'ascended' there) (Psalms 24:3-4). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/james-4.html. Double-minded; those who are drawn different ways by conscience and passion, and are halting between two opinions. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8, ESV: "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." To use a very rude metaphor, just as a man cannot go up another hill till he has gone down the one on which he happens to be, so a soul cannot be exalted in God until it has thoroughly come down from self. "Commentary on James 4:8". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/james-4.html. James 4:8. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/james-4.html. "Commentary on James 4:8". "Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe" (Psalms 119:117). (F. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). But it is only the pure in heart and hand that can approach God: therefore—Purify your hands (the hands being the external organs of action, and becoming polluted by the act, as e. g. by blood in the act of murder: cf. Draw nigh to God; by faith, which is a coming to God, Hebrews 7:25; by true repentance, which is a returning to God, Hosea 14:1 Malachi 3:7; and by fervent prayer to him for the help of his grace, Psalms 25:1. 1700-1703. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". We may address him directly in prayer; we may approach him by meditation on his character; we may draw near to him in the ordinances of religion. 1863-1878. 229-232. 1685. Do not suppose that you have any refuge in the paucity of your misdeeds. There are certain dispositions which must be the accompaniments of prayer. "Commentary on James 4:8". Increased study and prayer will be to no avail if we continue to trust in ourselves. BibliographyAbbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. And purify your hearts — From all spiritual adultery. To purify means to remove all mixture of evil desires, and the heart can be thus purified only "by [the] faith" Acts 15:9. 8. Purify your hearts , [ hagnisate (Greek #48)] - make chaste of spiritual adultery (James 4:4; James 1:1-27 :e., worldliness) your hearts, the inward source of all impurity. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". The Sin of Partiality. I. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/znt/james-4.html. "Commentary on James 4:8". By wavering or double-minded he noteth the shameful hypocrisy which was crept in, even into their lives, which made some show of religion, And had a pretence of godliness, but in their hearts were full of ungodliness. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners. ), Turn all the streams into one channel, that may drive the will, that may grind the heart. James 4:8. BibliographyVincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on James 4:8". Furthermore, in what seems only too modern in theme, James identifies our difficulty in satisfying our insatiable wants and desires for things as the root cause of the inevitable coveting and cravings that lead to conflict, disputes, and eventually to outright war (James 4:1-3). BibliographyPett, Peter. If you feel and cherish that humbleness of mind which just conceptions of your guilty and depraved and wretched condition are calculated to generate; and if in the midst of this self-reproach you are ready to throw your fortunes unreservedly upon the merits of that dispensation which Divine grace offers to you as your all-sufficient refuge, then there is no insuperable barrier between you and the salvation which you need. draw near to God, and He will draw near (here better ‘will:’ in speaking of the divine dealings, positive declarations are better softened: cf. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. 2. On the wall was a large painting of an eye. The form of address varies in this Epistle; and at one time they are addressed as holy brethren, at another time as sinners, at another time as waverers. But this mode of statement, by going backward instead of forward, is to be met with in all parts of Scripture. The person who tries to get the best-for self out of the world and the best-for self out of Christianity at the same time. They were thus to make them clean by doing good and eschewing evil (Isaiah 1:16-17). (Alex. The person who can"t seem to make up their mind. The heart was required of them as well as of us (Isaiah 29:13-14). "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". THE DUTY here required of us by the apostle principally implies a life of prayer and devotedness to God, as contrasted with the careless indifference or the dull formality of nominal or pretended Christians. Be no more double minded, vainly endeavouring to serve both God and mammon. The mere washing of the hands, in itself, could not recommend us to his favor; but that of which the washing of the hands would be an emblem, would be acceptable in his sight. "A man who cleanses the outside and leaves the inside impure is a double-minded man" (Draper p. 126). W.Beecher.). James 4:9. Version. BibliographyWesley, John. The Lord has made full provision for the spiritual welfare of the human creature, hence it is necessary for man to make the next move. Cleanse your hands ... is parallel with "purify your hearts" and means exactly the same thing. James 4:7-10. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". BibliographySchaff, Philip. III. The wonderful benefits of drawing near to God are beyond all calculation: 1. Draw nigh to God—So "cleave unto Him," De 30:20, namely, by prayerfully (Jas 4:2, 3) "resisting Satan," who would oppose our access to God. The former should be done to God, the latter to the devil—the two sides of the great battle for possession of the human soul. III. 2. THERE ARE PROPER PLACES AND TIMES, AS WELL AS DUE DISPOSITIONS, OF DRAWING NIGH TO GOD. 3. There must be a deeper work than that; a work which shall reach to the heart, and which shall purify the affections. We should be the light of the world, light to show forth the desperate plight of the world. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. That they loved each other? CONSIDERATIONS ON THE PERFECTIONS OF GOD AND HIS RELATIONS TO US, AS MOTIVES AND INDUCEMENTS FOR DRAWING NIGH TO HIM. The concept of self-denial is at the heart of Paul's teaching on submission to God: We have died with Christ and must sacrifice our lives for Him. ... (James 4:8; see also James 1:5-8). "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". Reflection / Devotion / Commentary Monday, October 12, 2015. We only exhort you to form a just and precise valuation of what you really are, as compared with what you ought to be, according to the rule which has been Divinely enacted, and to maintain the conduct which such an appreciation is calculated to produce. (J. G. and he will draw nigh to you. And he will draw nigh to you; by the manifestation of his grace and favour to you, particularly giving you strength against the devil and your lusts. It is better to have your good things to come, than here (Luke 16:21). De Wette’s explanation is too weak: ye undecided (between God and the world); Schneckenburger’s remark: hic sensu latiore sumendum quam, James 1:8, is incorrect, for διακρίνεσθαι there has its reason in the Christian giving his heart to the world instead of to God; see Test. For when he bids us to draw nigh to God, that we may know him to be near to us, he intimates that we are destitute of his grace, because we withdraw from him. Knowing that when we draw near to God, God is drawing near to us, and God wants and earnestly desires our love and dedication. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. O Lord,” Psalm 26:6. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hmc/james-4.html. Bibliography"Commentary on James 4:8". It is our pleasure to be in the society of those we love, and to converse with them. The design of the apostle is, evidently, to state one of the conditions on which we can make an acceptable approach to God. College Press, Joplin, MO. KJV: King James Version . Greek. Draw nigh to God (εγγισατε τωι τεωι — eggisate tōi theōi). In drawing nigh unto God a sinner must have a sense not only of his own unrighteousness, but of his own helplessness. BibliographyTrapp, John. Prayer is the way to a life of communion with God--a means of keeping up an acquaintance with, and of growing in the knowledge of God. and purify your hearts. It is not a humility of despair, but of faith. 1999. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. Christians are brethren. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/james-4.html. It may be inferred from what is said here that no one can hope for the favor of God who does not abandon his transgressions. To wash or cleanse the hands was, therefore, emblematic of putting away transgression, Matthew 27:24. Clarke's Commentary on the Bible. The attraction for each other of bodies in space is inversely proportional to the square of the distances separating them; and there is a movement of both toward each other when that distance is reduced. "It is noteworthy that the more common "brethren" by which James usually addressed his readers, gives way to this sharp term of reproach in this instance. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. I. First aorist active imperative of εγγιζω — eggizō late verb from εγγυς — eggus (near) as in Matthew 3:2. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. The dreadful consequences of continued estrangement. How many of us think that simply stopping the outward sin is an adequate level of repentance? We cannot see God without praying to Him as the source of pardon and holiness, the only guardian and guide of the soul. Cleanse your hands; reform your actions, amend your lives. Prayer is the way to a life of communion with God--a means of keeping up an acquaintance with, and of growing in the knowledge of God. double-minded — divided between God and the world. One of the three instances in the New Testament in which the word is not used of ceremonial purification. Mark! 3. When the sinner is made humble, he is merely undergoing a part of that moral process which must take place, in order that he may be raised from the death of sin to the life of holiness and peace. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. 1. A large number of the Christians had left *Jerusalem and had goneto live in other countries. While resisting Satan on the one hand, we must also draw near to God on the other. 1999-2014. purify. Jun 10, 2016 - James 4:8 - Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. When a great storm moves through a forest, the branches farthest from the trunks of the trees are the first to fall. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. The friend of the world can be simply a person who has compromised, someone wavering between God and the world. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/james-4.html. 8.] vi. "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". James 4:8 Context 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? ◄ James 4:8 ► Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. 2. A. He is so holy and jealous of His worship, that he expects that there should be preparation in our accesses unto Him: preparation of our persons by purity of life (Job 11:13); preparation of our services by choice of matter (John 9:1); preparation of our hearts by finding them out, stirring them up, fixing them, fetching them in, and calling together all that is within us to prevail with God. 4. Matthew 27:24. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. If we injure our fellow-man, we are to take the attitude of penitence before him. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. James 4:8 NASB. The passage is a strong injunction to holiness and singleness of heart: it does not say, however, that by these we obtain acceptance with God. Yet in every approach to God, it is true there must be a “desire “to be free from sin; and this doubtless is the view of the commentary; indeed it is so expressed, though some words are objectionable.). 2. Surely not. The last portion of this verse has a parallel in it, thus: Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; And purify your hearts, ye double-minded. "Commentary on James 4:8". Aser. There may be an endless variety in the mode and in the measure of sinning with which different individuals are chargeable. (T. Townson, D. D.), The approach of a devout mind to the Almighty. And, for both the particulars here mentioned, Psalms 23:4, ἀθῷος χερσὶ καὶ καθαρὸς τῇ καρδίᾳ), ye sinners: and make chaste your hearts (in allusion to μοιχαλίδες above), ye double-minded (ye whose affections are divided between God and the world. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. This is the glorious “lifting up” which always accompanies a true humility. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/james-4.html. II. James 4:8. It must be in righteousness and holiness. Do feel free to make copies for friends that might be interested as long as you do not make profit from the copies. SHOW WITH WHAT TEMPERS AND DISPOSITIONS OF MIND WE MUST DRAW NIGH TO GOD. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. The most important blessing of all is that God "will draw near" to them who draw near him. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. To grasp the full meaning of this word, it is best to understand how it is used within its context. See note on Mark 15:7. It provides strength against temptation. "Draw near to God"-"come near, approach" (Thayer p. 164). And in that love he finds a true holiness springing up in his soul. It also implies its own continuance, because of its Divine character. Wash your hands. The others are 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:3. We have often seen that to sanctify signifies to separate a thing or person from profane or common use, and consecrate it or him to God. Comp. The delicacy and beauty of these expressions are, I think, but seldom noted. 1. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/james-4.html. Out with the corruption that cleaveth to your hearts; and then there will be a constancy and an evenness in your mouths and manners. James 4:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 4:8, NIV: "Come near to God and he will come near to you.Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." Draw nigh—The reverse of resist. The only true safety is in nearness to God. Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. THE MEANING. Draw nigh to God,— This seems to be an allusion to the manner in which the Jews in general, or rather the priests, drew nigh to God, by going to the temple, while the Shechinah, the glorious emblem of the divine presence, was there. The mother of Artaxerxes was wont to say, that they who would address themselves unto princes must use silken words: surely he that would approach unto God must consider, and look as well to his words as to his feet. And notice that we have the obligation to clean up our own hearts, for in the end, I"m the only one who can really change my attitudes and motives (2 Corinthians 7:1; Romans 12:1). 1870. It is said in John 9:3. in the same sense a woman is called a sinner by Luke. It is a good exchange to put away carnal joy for godly sorrow; for then we put away a sin for a duty, brass for gold; yea, we have that in the duty which we expected in the sin, and in a more pure, full, and sweet way. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. We hence learn what is the true character of repentance. Whilst the devil is to be kept at a distance by resistance, we are to draw nigh to God. He will draw nigh - propitious. for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/james-4.html. Not sure how people that live, outwardly conservative lives can be the problem, when they are the ones doing what is right. Worshipping with a pious heart is evidently the manner of drawing nigh to God, which the apostle had in mind when he penned the text. The apostle here seems to have had his eye on those who were vacillating in their purposes; whose hearts were not decidedly fixed, but who were halting between good and evil. James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/james-4.html. 1. The cleansing of the hands therefore indicates the cleansing of their personal, practical behaviour. II. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. "The Bible Study New Testament". James 4:8-17 New International Version (NIV) 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. In coming to God, we come to Him who is the blessed and only Potentate; the King of kings, the Lord of lords; who only hath immortality; who, by His word, framed the worlds; and, by the same word of power, upholdeth all things; in whom we live, and move, and have our being. Ye double-minded - See the notes at James 1:8. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. Can those who thus honour parents and magistrates deny the obligation to do homage to Him who is at once their Maker, their Sovereign, and their Judge? The New Testament usage of "purify your hearts" is seen in this verse: It is clear that Peter used "purify your hearts" in the sense of being obedient to the gospel, being born again, in short, being converted; and it would be strange indeed if James used this same expression in any other sense here. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/james-4.html. None but the clean-handed can ascend into the hill of the Lord (justified through Christ, who alone was perfectly so, and as such “ascended” thither). Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. He has “no pleasure in the death of him that dieth” (Ezekiel 18:32). "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". Draw near unto God and to the angel that intercedeth for you, for he is a mediator between God and man” (the latter part here is not a Christian interpolation).— καθαρίσατε χεῖρας: Cf. BibliographyZerr, E.M. "Commentary on James 4:8". (“To obtain the favor of God, it is necessary to put away our sins” - is somewhat unguarded phraseology. Now this is not to be understood as if men could first draw nigh to God, before he draws nigh to them; for as God first loves, so he first moves; he takes the first step, and, in conversion, turns and draws men to himself; though this does not respect first conversion, but after acts in consequence of it; nor is it to be considered as a condition of the grace and favour of God, in drawing nigh to his people, but is expressive of what is their duty, and an encouragement to it: cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double minded; the persons addressed are not the profane men of the world, but sinners in Zion, formal professors, hypocritical persons; who speak with a double tongue to men, and who draw nigh to God with their mouths, but not with their hearts; who halt between two opinions, and are unstable in all their ways: cleansing of their hands and hearts denotes the purity of outward conversation, and of the inward affections; and supposes impurity both of flesh and spirit, that the body and all its members, the soul and all its powers and faculties, are unclean; and yet not that men have a power to cleanse themselves, either from the filth of an external conversation, or from inward pollution of the heart; though a man attempts the one, he fails in it; and who can say he has done the other? Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you - Compare 2 Chronicles 15:2. 1832. It has crossed my mind more than once in this study that there must have been some real problems among the recipients of this letter. Revival Rising: Loving God and the Lost With All That You Are . This may be seen by considering the nature of the exercise itself. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded. 1801-1803. See on this subject the Preface to the third volume of Calvin’s Commentaries on Jeremiah. It is indispensable that we come with a purpose and desire to wash ourselves from all iniquity, to put away from us all our transgressions. ‘Purify your hearts.’ This emphasises the need for them to be cleansed within, in the inner man, which is responsible for men’s thoughts (Mark 7:21-23). It is also necessary on the other hand that the fruits of inward repentance should appear in the brightness of our works. "You must get rid of those evil desires and bad motives which make you act in such contradictory ways!" "Scofield Reference Notes on James 4:8". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". I recently read several pages of posts from all over the country relating to why Christians are so much like the world. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/james-4.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 4. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. The connection is just as necessary, but it is of a different kind. "Commentary on James 4:8". BibliographyScofield, C. I. ye double-minded: having, as it were, two souls—the one professing to be attached to God, and the other really attached to the world. ), Mourn savourly and soakingly, with a deep and downright sorrow, so as a man would do in the death of his dearest friend. on ἐγγίζειν, Isaiah 29:13; Hebrews 7:19. καὶ ἐγγιεῖ ὑμῖν] corresponding to the preceding φεύξεται ἀφʼ ὑμῶν. Look at the hope found in this verse! 1952. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." He again reminds us that the aid of God will not be wanting to us, provided we give place to him. John 16:23, E. V. Not that this is always observed: cf. The Book of James – A Detailed Commentary Basic Training Bible Ministries Page 2 Introduction to James Background of the Book The Epistle of James is one of the general epistles, including 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John, and Jude. The proper business of such persons, therefore, was to cleanse the heart from disturbing influences, that it might settle down in unwavering attachment to that which is good. But as God stands on our side, there is no reason to fear succumbing. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/james-4.html. 3. As showing the reasonableness of prayer, consider the benefits of a persevering attendance on this duty. 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