1. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/james-3.html. But the wisdom that is from above Which has God for its author; which is infused into the soul by the Spirit of God; and leads into the knowledge of things that are above, of heavenly things; and which only is true wisdom and knowledge; and those who are possessed of it are the only true Gnostics; for which, (See Gill on James 3:13) namely, the grace of God: this wisdom "E.W. καθαρὰ καὶ ἀρυπαρός, μηδενὸς τῶν σαρκικῶν ἀντεχομένη (Oecumenius); thus free from all impurity. See this illustrated in the case of the apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 9:20-22. James 3:17 Translation & Meaning. James 3:17-18 (17) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Or, it may mean unequivocal, unambiguous, clear from equivocation or just liability to being doubted. People try to be all the following things without God, but all such attempts will end in failure (Jeremiah 10:23). James 3:17. BibliographyAlford, Henry. 2 Corinthians 7:1.]. DD. Easy to be entreated] Tractable, docile, not as horse and mule that must be ruled with rigour, not with reason, Psalms 32:9. 1999-2014. pure. As a man has a fleshly part in common with the beast, so there are some sins which the Scripture calls fleshly and beastly lusts, as uncleanness, riot, excess, and the like; but as man has somewhat in common with the angels, namely, his spirit and soul, so there are some sins which are called Satan's lusts, His lusts he will do John 8:44. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. For it must refer, like the rest of the six epithets, to our relations to others; our peaceableness and mercy towards others must be “without dissimulation.”. 112-113). The wisdom that bids an anxious inquirer turn from the Son of God, our Saviour, and pour his confession into a more tender heart, is earthly, sensual, devilish. People who listen to reason, those who don"t insist upon their rights, the person who is willing to forgive, rather than rigid and exacting in his relations with others. How different is the wisdom that comes from the Spirit of God for it is pure and peace-loving, considerate, gentle and submissive. Without variance ... Gibson tells us that scholars are not altogether sure of the meaning of the word thus rendered, "without variance, without doubtfulness or without partiality," all being possible denotations of it. Peaceableness, which relates to man, is set after purity, which respects God in the first place, to intimate, that purity must have the preference to peace. A home without peace hinders the development of righteousness. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/james-3.html. ἁγνή, καθαρὰ καὶ ἀρύπαρος, μηδενὸς τῶν σαρκικῶν ἀντεχομένη, Œc. Now follows a description of the heavenly wisdom in contrast to the earthly. "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". "Family Bible New Testament". Thus, “in this beautiful passage, St. James describes the excellent nature of that temper which is recommended by the Christian religion, and the happy effects which it produces. Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. "Sermon Bible Commentary". Every one has a clear idea of the virtue of gentleness - gentleness of spirit, of deportment, and of manners; and every one can see that that is the appropriate spirit of religion. There must be no attempts to reach peace by overleaping purity. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/james-3.html. I. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. Like πραότης it is manifested in Christ Himself, παρακαλῶ ὑμᾶς διὰ τῆς πραότητος καὶ ἐπιεικείας τοῦ χριστοῦ, 2 Corinthians 10:1. ; the virtues of which it is the source belong to it. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/james-3.html. The idea is not first numerically, but first essentially. He asks (3:13a), “Who among you is wise and understanding?” Perhaps some of the self-appointed teachers were thinking, “I’m glad that you recognize my talents!” Then in his no-nonsense style, James springs the trap (3:13b): “Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.” It’s easy to claim to have wisdom. (127) He, in the second place, calls it peaceable, to intimate that it is not contentious. λεγ. James 3:17. πρῶτον μὲν ἁγνή ἐστιν, first of all is pure) Pure from earthly, animal, and devilish defilements. "is"-God doesn"t beat around the bush. "This is the kind of wisdom which ought to guide every teacher of religion!" But the common view of this passage is not chargeable with any such absurdity. "Commentary on James 3:17". ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Soph. gentle, kind, forbearing, considerate, making every allowance for the ignorance and frailties of others, imitating the character of Him who is meek and lowly—‘the gentle Jesus.’. (d) Easy to be intreated. James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first of all chaste, then peaceable, reasonable, ready to obey, full of mercy and good fruits, not making partial distinctions, not hypocritical. "Easy to be entreated" indicates that the person is open to reason, open to be talked to, open to possible change. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. Such a Christian is moderate in doubtful opinions, moderate in his judging of others, moderate and patient in his whole conversation, receding sometimes from his own right for peace sake. Close. This wisdom doesn"t pretend. "reasonable"-"ready to obey" (Vine p. 269); "approachable" (Robertson p. 47). Purity of heart, sincerity, a good and honest heart is a foundation stone for this wisdom (Luke 8:15). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/james-3.html. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. Throughout his writings we find James comparing and contrasting the good with the evil, the holy with the satanic, the wise with the foolish, the sinner with the saint and the stable man with the one who is tossed about by every wind of doctrine. It was possessed by Him Who is made unto us Wisdom, for when He was reviled He reviled not again. It stands in antithesis against the terrible trial of James 3:15. This is 'first of all' before "peaceable," because there is an unholy peace with the world, which makes no distinction between clean and unclean. Copyright StatementCopyright 2008. It refers not so much to the degree of sagacity or scientific education as to the right state of the heart. It is peaceable, namely, peace-loving, peace-practicing, and peace-yielding. The same word is rendered forbearance (Philippians 4:5). See James 1:27 : Matthew 5:16. Gentle—The reverse of roughness, violence, of word or manner, which exhibit themselves in sweeping assertions and hyperboles. Yet the author‘s statement here seems somewhat overcharged; possibly his own personal history may have contributed a little to this result. There is a kind of cruel wisdom which takes a delight in hurting others with clever, but cutting words" (p. 111). Without partiality, and without hypocrisy—These two clauses are two Greek words in the original which have similar terminations, and so make a word-echo. Characteristics of "wisdom that is from above" (James 3:17,18) Pure - from a Greek word meaning: pure enough to approach the gods. This is opposed to implacableness, Romans 1:31; pride, and obstinacy in evil, Proverbs 12:1 13:1. This isn"t peace at the expense of the truth, but it is the person who works hard at reconciling men with men and man with God. He now mentions the effects of celestial wisdom which are wholly contrary to the former effects. BibliographyNisbet, James. Is first pure - That is, the first effect of it on the mind is to make it pure. This is God's work and I don't want anyone to profit from it in a material way. Loving Father, I pray that my life will be one that demonstrates the wisdom from above as I show forth Your life in me, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN. What does it mean that God cannot be tempted (James 1:13)? All along James has been focusing on how to live as Christians in the midst of continuing, ever-present trials in a twisted and fallen world. This is not the view which springs in nature and prevails in the world. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. xxviii., No. Compare James 2:14-26. Without partiality - recurring to the warning against "respect to persons" (James 2:1; James 2:4, Greek, James 2:9). It means easily persuaded, compliant. Devilish; because it is such wisdom as is found in the devil; he is only wise to do mischief. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/james-3.html. what poor builders have the very best of us been; and how little progress have we made when we judge by this test!]. I wondered to my self, so why does he think it will take that big a wrench to fix it when he doesn"t know what is wrong. BibliographyNicoll, William R. "Commentary on James 3:17". Such qualities as being equitable, fair, reasonable, and forbearing" (Kent p. 135). He concentrated on the majors and allowed the minors or trifles to blow on by. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/shh/james-3.html. of Song of Solomon 5:14.— εὐπειθής: this word, again, implies a contrast to the unbending attitude of self-centred controversialists; it does not occur elsewhere in the N.T.— μεστὴ ἐλέους καὶ καρπῶν ἀγαθῶν: the exact reverse of the cursing and bitterness of which some had already been convicted; in Wisdom of Solomon 7:22-23, wisdom is spoken of as having a spirit which is: φιλάγαθον … φιλάνθρωπων.— ἀδιάκριτος: Cf. His battery terminals were in need of attention and within a few minutes he was up and running. Greek. "Fruit" relates to the fruit you eat, fruit of the field or fruit of your physical being, your children. But the wisdom that is from above — Of celestial origin; which comes from God; is first pure — From all unholy and corrupt mixtures, whether of error or sin. James concludes the chapter by exploring what it means to be truly wise. Then peaceable — True peace attending purity, it is quiet, inoffensive. sophiaor wisdom, refers to purity of heart, still it remains true that a pure heart will never relinquish its hold on God‘s truth for the sake of a peace that at such a price would be too dearly purchased. Compare Philemon 4:8; 1 Timothy 5:22; 1 John 3:3; where the word is rendered, as here, “pure”; 2 Corinthians 7:11; where it is rendered clear, (in this matter); 2 Corinthians 11:2; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 3:2, where it is rendered chaste. It has nothing of its own of which to be ashamed, and which needs to be concealed; its office is not to hide or conceal anything that is wrong. There is a kind of clever and arrogant wisdom which separates man from man, and which makes a man look with superior contempt on his fellow-men. gentle. BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on James 3:17". chap. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. "Commentary on James 3:17". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". "Mercy" is a desire for kindness toward another with the desire to extend that kindness. He has obtained mercy, and he seeks therefore to be merciful. Then follows μεστὴ ἐλέους καὶ καρπῶν ἀγαθῶν] by which it is described as rich in active love: ἐλέους is particularly mentioned, because compassion is the most direct proof of love; comp. αγνος Hagnos is from the same root as αγιος hagios (holy), old adjective, pure from fault, not half-good and half-bad, like that above. Let us then ask it of him, who has promised to impart it “liberally, and without upbraiding [Note: James 1:5.].”]. This peace among men comes from our peace with God. Hesychius ἀδιάφορον, ἀδιάκριτον. James Greeting. That makes for a rather stunted church. Church Pulpit Commentary. It acts without any difference (partiality), not harshly esteeming one in preference to others.— ἀνυπόκριτος, without pretence) removed from pretence and flattery, which is exercised directly towards the powerful, indirectly towards the humble, by harshness. "Commentary on James 3:17". II. Those who possess any of it long for more. So far from being in all cases united, these two, in their full dimensions, meet only in the Gospel. In contrast, the wisdom of the world often believes in an ethic which is situational and would consider it foolish to sacrifice self-advancement for the sake of principle. Then peaceable - The effect of true religion - the wisdom which is from above - will be to dispose a man to live in peace with all others. This is everywhere the nature of true religion. While intrigue, scheming and plotting are essential elements of human wisdom, the wisdom from above is offended by such tactics.  J. R. Dummelow, Commentary on the Holy Bible (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1937), p. 1036. It is earthly, it is suited to earthly minds, and it is employed about earthly things: earthly wisdom is mere folly; it is said to be wise only for this world, and to have such an unsavory spirit as will relish nothing but what is earthly. This wisdom doesn"t play-act. 2 Corinthians 7:1. Full of mercy - Ready to pass by a transgression, and to grant forgiveness to those who offend, and performing every possible act of kindness. Without partiality (or, without judging), without hypocrisy. I changed this custom one day when I stopped to help two fellows. Hypocrisy was a vice which Jesus exposed and denounced with all the vehemency of his being, the entire 23chapter of Matthew being given over to such a purpose, the conduct of those ancient Pharisees being the perfect example of what Christian teachers today ought not to be and ought not to do. Is first pure - Ἁγνη· Chaste, holy, and clean. 7. "Commentary on James 3:17". How unjustly is religion condemned in the world! "Commentary on James 3:17". Compare "undefiled" and "unspotted from the world," James 1:27; James 4:4; James 4:8; 1 Peter 1:22, "purified your souls" [ heegnikotes (Greek #48)]. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/james-3.html. 17.] "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion:. This wisdom will sacrifice pride, fame, and other worldly considerations for such peace. p. 571: σοφία ἄνωθεν ὀμβρηθεῖσα ἀπʼ οὐρανοῦ; de nom. It hence follows, that they lie who glory in their cruel austerity. The unmerciful servant lacked wisdom, and he met with his reward. See the rabbinical meaning of this phrase at the end of this chapter. ἐπιείκεια is noted as a leading characteristic of Christians, τὸ ἐπιεικὲς ὑμῶν γνωσθήτω πᾶσιν ἀνθρώποις, Philippians 4:5 : it is required of a bishop to be ἐπιεικῆ, ἄμαχον, 1 Timothy 3:4 : of Christians generally ἀμάχους εἶναι, ἐπιεικεῖς, Titus 3:2. He next describes spiritual wisdom to us, and that, first by its original, it is from above. "Commentary on James 3:17". Gentle; or equal, or moderate, Philippians 4:5 1 Timothy 3:3 Titus 3:2. 6 bis and possibly ii. It supposes only that there may be circumstances in which the spirit of peace, though possessed, cannot be exercised, except in meek submission to wrong for conscience sake; never can it turn traitor to truth, or make any compromise with error. λεγ. It is because so many of us lack this wisdom that the lines. I. That is why Paul placed it on condition in Romans 12:18. 1876. 1832. with this expression, Proverbs 2:6; Wisdom of Solomon 7:25-26; Philo, de profug. Full of mercy—Pity for the unfortunate, and judicious compassion for the guilty. And easy to be entreated - The word here used does not elsewhere occur in the New Testament. BibliographyWesley, John. (18) Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. II. First pure (πρωτον μεν αγνη prōton men hagnē). Only here in New Testament and very rare in classical Greek. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/james-3.html. "Commentary on James 3:17". Then peaceable; disposeth men to peace, both as to the making and keeping it, in opposition to strife and contention, which is the fruit of the earthly wisdom. To be pure is to be untainted by the tempers expressed in James 3:16. "Full of"-not just a few or some. 1865-1868. (It is but too true that much unseemly strife has had the aegis of this text thrown over it. "But the wisdom from above"-Such wisdom cannot be found outside of a relationship with God. Full of good works. One who has the true wisdom will be free from such things! Not in the sense of being pliable and weak, but in the sense of not being stubborn and of being willing to listen to reason and to … The maxim that a pure heart ought not to sacrifice truth on any consideration whatever, never gave rise to persecution: it has made many martyrs, but never one persecutor; it has pined in the dungeon, but never immured any there; it has burned amid the flames, but never lighted the faggot; it has ascended scaffolds, but never erected them; it has preserved and bequeathed civil and religious liberty, but never assaulted them; it is a divine principle - the principle by which Christianity became strong, and will ultimately command the homage of the world. [Note: Adamson, p154.]. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". It has the idea of compliant. "being considerate of others and making allowance for their feelings, weaknesses, and needs. This led to the establishment of the Inquisition; this kindled the fires of Smithfield; this inspirited Laud and his friends; this has been the origin of no small part of the schisms in the church. so much as by our practice. James 1:22; James 1:26; James 2:1.” Huther). The insincere, the doubters and the manipulators can"t gain this wisdom, until they change their motives. Compliant would carry with it the idea of compliant with what is right. 1870. Seeking nothing but God's glory, and using no other means to attain it than those of his own prescribing. epieikes. III. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/james-3.html. Good fruits—The reverse of evil work, James 3:16. 1874-1909. James 3:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 3:17, NIV: "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." The other qualities are secondary as outgrowths of this primary quality. easy to be entreated — literally, “easily persuaded,” tractable; not harsh as to a neighbor‘s FAULTS. There is no disguise or mask assumed. Here is the exact opposite of self ambition which so often results in strife. ἀδιάκριτος, also ἄπ. Used by Permission. See on James 1:6. The joy of doing is a great reward. Compare the notes at that passage. The various meanings are determined by the different senses of διακρίνεσθαι: and as the prevailing signification of the verb both in this epistle (i. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". Revelation is first pure and then peaceable; the Revealer is a just God and Saviour. James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and … The first quality of wisdom listed, chasteness or purity, is especially essential, its possession being necessary before any of the others can truly exist. xiv. marg. BibliographySimeon, Charles. James 1:6-8, James 2:4; on ἀνυπόκριτος, chap. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on James 3:17". There seems to be a complete contrast between the two kinds of wisdom. 1682. The second meaning here suggested seems best to accord with the sense of the passage; and according to this the idea is, that the wisdom which is from above, or true religion, makes us impartial in our treatment of others: that is, we are not influenced by a regard to dress, rank, or station, but we are disposed to do equal justice to all, according to their moral worth, and to show kindness to all, according to their wants. It relates to being undisturbed by trifles. Peace is described, James 3:17. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". Bibliography"Commentary on James 3:17". But. 1851. 3. This person is big enough to admit when they are wrong and ask for forgiveness (Colossians 3:15; Ephesians 4:3; Philippians 4:7; Romans 12:18 "so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men"). It embraces all things which are good and just: it rejects all things which are evil. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/james-3.html. The first characteristic above all else is purity. "unwavering"-"without uncertainty" (Thayer p. 11); "unhesitating, not doubting, this wisdom does not put a premium on doubt" (Robertson p. 47). Indeed there may be a flexibility and easiness to a fault; some good natures (as they are called) are easily drawn away to sin by evil company, and wicked counsel; in such a case, to turn a deaf ear to all entreaties is not obstinacy, but religious resolution. without hypocrisy; either with respect to God or man; not making show of that which they have not, or do not intend. the wisdom that is from above The wisdom that comes down from above is God’s viewpoint. Compassion. Charles Schribner's Sons. Is first pure - Ἁγνη· Chaste, holy, and clean. Every one of us that submits to the Lord in faith has generous access to the wisdom of God – for the one that walks in spirit and truth will be the one that exhibits the sweet character of Christ, as we rest in Him and He lives in us. I am afraid, I don"t stop any more due to the danger, well now and then I do if it looks like it is safe. But the wisdom from above is first pure — From all that is earthly, natural, devilish. It is true that a church should be pure in doctrinal belief, but that is not the truth taught here. 1879-90. The word would seem, from its close junction with ἀνυπόκριτος, rather to betoken an inner quality than (as Gebser above) an outward circumstance: 2. when thus used of an inner quality, cf. Greek, James 1:6], 'without doubting.' Our peace with men must always be with a salvo to our respects to God and holiness. "without hypocrisy"-"unfeigned, undisguised" (Thayer p. 52). ‘If any man lack wisdom let him ask of God, Who giveth to all men liberally.’ ‘Ask, and ye shall receive,’ and like the Lord Himself you shall increase in wisdom day by day. ii., p. 451. Fools, like children, account nothing good but what is gay; but wisdom teaches us to value and put an estimate upon persons and things, according to their intrinsic worth, and doth nothing by partiality. Its character is justly drawn in the words before us. in Hebrews 12:11; cf. I. "It does not deal in deception….It is not the wisdom which is clever at putting on disguises and concealing its real aims and motives" (Barclay p. 114). "Commentary on James 3:17". Proverbs 3:17, where it is said of wisdom that “all her paths are peace”. Used by Permission. And yet those who exhibited all those evil things thought that they had wisdom! BibliographyTrapp, John. The person whose outward conduct only is good, is in God’s sight no other than a “whited sepulchre.” The man whose heart is right with God, will watch against all selfish ends, and endeavour to act with a single eye to the glory of his God.]. Good deeds, which praise God. The “first” of the apostle does not indicate even preference of the pure spirit to the peaceful spirit, but only the order in which they are to be exercised. eirenikos. This sevenfold description (taking mercy and good fruits as one quality) of the wisdom that is from above is most instructive. Easy to he entreated — To be persuaded, or convinced; not stubborn, sour, or morose. In the last place, he says that it is full of mercy, etc., while hypocrisy is inhuman and inexorable. The joy of doing good, should be evident the first time that one does a good thing. "Those thus directed follow a compass which is not deflected by worldly acclaim or selfish interests, nor by current views announced by favorite preachers" (Woods p. 195). He does not take a position, and then hold it whether right or wrong; he is not a man on whom no arguments or persuasions can have any influence. ; Sirach 51:13 ff. James 3:17. He is not one who cannot be affected by any appeals which may be made to him on the grounds of patriotism, justice, or benevolence; but is one who is ready to yield when truth requires him to do it, and who is willing to sacrifice his own convenience for the good of others. True wisdom is not necessarily found in those with the most education, money, or friends. Perhaps the most correct meaning, and most in accordance with the doctrine of St. James, is, ‘without wavering or doubting;’ not feeble or changeable, ‘without vacillation(see Note on James 2:4). There is no truer mark of a real Christian than a quiet and gentle spirit. "Commentary on James 3:17". This is what it is, this is what such wisdom looks like in daily life. The word here used ( ἁγνη hagnē) is that which would be applied to one who is innocent, or flee from crime or blame. It is true the Scriptures do not teach that “doctrinal purity” is to be preferred to a “peaceful spirit.” However pure a man‘s doctrine may be, if he has not the peaceful spirit he is none of Christ‘s. ch. marg. "Commentary on James 3:17". That which savours of pride, earthliness, or sensuality, is not of God. ], [Religion penetrates to the inmost soul, and regulates all our motives and principles of action. This is the wisdom which attempts to settle disputes rather than provoke them. And without hypocrisy; or, counterfeiting, as they do that judge others, being guilty of the same things, or as bad, themselves: or hypocrisy may be here added, to show that sincerity is the perfection of all the rest before named; purity, peace, and gentleness, &c., may be counterfeit; hypocrisy spoils all; and therefore the wisdom that is from above is sincere, and without hypocrisy. What a feeling of accomplishment and a real feeling that I existed for a purpose that night. Beyond all that this distinction makes is seen in the list that James sets forth here. and without hypocrisy, without pretence, showing a naturalness in behaviour, meaning all the kindness it expresses, without affectation, its actions being in accordance with its words. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. Divine wisdom makes men and women large-hearted. Some, ‘without contending,’ not entering into controversy; others, ‘without judging,’ not finding fault with others; others, ‘not making a difference,’ that is, impartial. Greek. 1599-1645. gentle — “forbearing”; making allowances for others; lenient towards neighbors, as to the DUTIES they owe us. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/james-3.html. See 2 Corinthians 7:11. peaceable. This text is often misapplied. For it must refer, like the other six epithets, to our relations to others: our peaceableness and mercy must be 'without dissimulation.'. To this I reply, that James here, by discerning or distinguishing refers to that overanxious and overscrupulous inquiry, such as is commonly carried on by hypocrites, who too minutely examine the sayings and doings of their brethren, and put on them the worst construction. 1276. It implies that gentleness (as we translate it) whereby we bear with others’ infirmities, forgive injuries, interpret all things for the best, recede from our own right for peace sake; and is opposed to that austerity and rigidness in our practices and censures, which will bear with nothing in weak, dissenting, or offending brethren. YOU WILL BE COMPLIANT probably isn"t the thought of James, it would be more the thought of when someone comes to you with a problem, you are open to listen and work out the solution. SEE Matthew, Mark, Luke, John "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). In James 3:14-16 James designates the kind of wisdom that does not come from above (or heaven); the present verse describes the kind that does come from the higher source. This is also the person who is easy to talk to, who will intently listen to what you are saying. "Variance," the rendition here, means without inconsistency, vacillation or erratic changes. Good question! This is the equality of the grave. The original word, αδιακριτος, is, literally, without making a difference. "Commentary on James 3:17". Or, truly it is pure. "Commentary on James 3:17". Explanation of the Text: Yesterday, we were able to see from James 3:14-16 what false wisdom looks like. O deplorable degradation! (185) ἀνυπόκριτος] is unhypocritical, upright; see Romans 12:9; 2 Corinthians 6:6. Ephesians 4:29-32 "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. It will stimulate us to difficult and self-denying duties, as well as to those which are more easy and pleasant; and will make us as solicitous to do what is right towards strangers or enemies, as towards our own friends or partisans [Note: 1 Timothy 5:21.]. 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