James 3:13
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New International Version
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

New Living Translation
If you are wise and understand God's ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.

English Standard Version
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

New American Standard Bible
Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.

King James Bible
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who is wise and has understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom's gentleness.

International Standard Version
Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his noble conduct that his actions are done humbly and wisely.

NET Bible
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who of you is wise and instructed? Let him show his works in a beautiful way of life in the wisdom of meekness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do any of you have wisdom and insight? Show this by living the right way with the humility that comes from wisdom.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who is wise and ready among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works in meekness of wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good life his works with meekness of wisdom.

American King James Version
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

American Standard Version
Who is wise and understanding among you? let him show by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is a wise man, and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew, by a good conversation, his work in the meekness of wisdom.

Darby Bible Translation
Who [is] wise and understanding among you; let him shew out of a good conversation his works in meekness of wisdom;

English Revised Version
Who is wise and understanding among you? let him shew by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show by a good deportment his works with meekness of wisdom.

Weymouth New Testament
Which of you is a wise and well-instructed man? Let him prove it by a right life with conduct guided by a wisely teachable spirit.

World English Bible
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good conduct that his deeds are done in gentleness of wisdom.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is wise and intelligent among you? let him shew out of the good behaviour his works in meekness of wisdom,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:13-18 These verses show the difference between men's pretending to be wise, and their being really so. He who thinks well, or he who talks well, is not wise in the sense of the Scripture, if he does not live and act well. True wisdom may be know by the meekness of the spirit and temper. Those who live in malice, envy, and contention, live in confusion; and are liable to be provoked and hurried to any evil work. Such wisdom comes not down from above, but springs up from earthly principles, acts on earthly motives, and is intent on serving earthly purposes. Those who are lifted up with such wisdom, described by the apostle James, is near to the Christian love, described by the apostle Paul; and both are so described that every man may fully prove the reality of his attainments in them. It has no disguise or deceit. It cannot fall in with those managements the world counts wise, which are crafty and guileful; but it is sincere, and open, and steady, and uniform, and consistent with itself. May the purity, peace, gentleness, teachableness, and mercy shown in all our actions, and the fruits of righteousness abounding in our lives, prove that God has bestowed upon us this excellent gift.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 13-18. - WARNING AGAINST JEALOUSY AND FACTION. Ver. 13 contains the positive exhortation to meekness; ver. 14 the negative warning against jealousy and party spirit; and then the following verses place side by side the portraits of the earthly and the heavenly wisdom. Verse 13. - Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? (τίς σοφός καὶ ἐπιστήμων ἐν ὑμῖν;); better, who is wise and understanding among you? 'Απιστήμων is found here only in the New Testament. In the LXX. it is joined with σοφὸς (as here) in Deuteronomy 1:13; Deuteronomy 4:6. "The ἐπιστήμων is one who understands and knows: the σοφὸς is one who carries out his knowledge into his life" (Dr. Farrar, who aptly quotes Tennyson's line, "Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers"). Out of a good conversation (ἐκ τῆς καλῆς ἀναστροφῆς); better, as R.V., by his good life. "Conversation" is unfortunate, because of its modern meaning. Meekness (πραύτης); cf. James 1:21.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who is a wise man. Meaning, not in things natural and civil, or merely moral, but in things spiritual: and he is a wise man, who is both wise to do good, and wise unto salvation; who has learned to know his own ignorance, folly, and stupidity; for the first lesson in the school of spiritual wisdom is for a man to know that he is a fool: and he is a wise man who considers his latter end, thinks of a future state, and what will become of him in another world; and who builds his faith and hope of eternal salvation on the sure and only foundation, the rock Christ Jesus; and who takes up a profession of religion upon principles of grace, and with views to the glory of God, and, upon mature deliberation, reckoning the cost, and what he must expect to meet with; and which he holds fast, without wavering, and yet does not depend upon it; and who walks circumspectly, and with wisdom, towards them that are without; and who observes both providences and promises, for the encouragement of his faith; and keeps looking to the mark for the prize, preferring heavenly things to earthly ones.

And endued with knowledge amongst you? as he is, who is endued with the knowledge of himself; of the impurity of his nature, and the plague of his heart; and of his impotency and inability to do any thing that is spiritually good of himself; and of the imperfection and insufficiency of his righteousness to justify him before God; and of his lost state and condition by nature, how deserving of the wrath of God, and obnoxious to the curses of the law; and how miserable he must be without the grace of God and righteousness of Christ: and who is also endued with the knowledge of Christ, so as to see a fulness, suitableness, and ability in him as a Saviour; so as to love him, approve of him, as such, and trust in him; which knowledge is always practical and soul humbling; and the least degree of it saving; and though it is imperfect, it is growing, and will at last come to perfection: now such a man is a Gnostic, in the best sense; for this question is put with a view to the Gnostics of those times, who valued themselves upon their knowledge, and despised practical religion and godliness: hence it follows,

let him show out of a good conversation his works, with meekness of wisdom; such an one ought to perform good works, and he will perform them; and it is right in him to show them forth, that they may be a means of others glorifying God upon the sight of them; and that they may be evidences of the truth of faith in themselves to others; and that they may be for the imitation of others; and that they may put to silence, and stop the mouths of false accusers, and adorn the Gospel, and recommend religion: and these should be shown forth "out of a good conversation"; not in a single act or two, but in a series and course of living; which may be said to be good, when it is ordered aright, according to the word of God, and is honest among the Gentiles, and upright and holy; and is as becomes the Gospel of Christ, and is worthy of the calling of God to grace and glory; and when it is influenced by the grace of God: and the works shown out of it, and in it, are done in faith, from love in the strength of Christ, and are directed to the glory of God: and all this should be "with meekness of wisdom"; in a wise and humble manner, without trusting to, and depending upon, such works for justification and salvation; and without glorying in them, and boasting of them; acknowledging the deficiency and imperfection of them, and his own weakness in the performance of them; and ascribing them to the power and grace of God, by the assistance of which they are performed.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. Who—(Compare Ps 34:12, 13). All wish to appear "wise": few are so.

show—"by works," and not merely by profession, referring to Jas 2:18.

out of a good conversation his works—by general "good conduct" manifested in particular "works." "Wisdom" and "knowledge," without these being "shown," are as dead as faith would be without works [Alford].

with meekness of wisdom—with the meekness inseparable from true "wisdom."

James 3:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
True Wisdom from Above
13Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.…
Cross References
James 2:18
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

1 Peter 1:15
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;

1 Peter 2:12
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
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Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

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James 3:1 My brothers, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the …

Psalm 107:43 Whoever is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand …

Ecclesiastes 8:1,5 Who is as the wise man? and who knows the interpretation of a thing? …

Jeremiah 9:12,23 Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom …

Matthew 7:24 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will …

1 Corinthians 6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among …

Galatians 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing …

endued.

2 Chronicles 2:12,13 Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made …

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

Isaiah 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: …

Daniel 2:21 And he changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets …

let.

James 2:18 Yes, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your …

Isaiah 60:6 The multitude of camels shall cover you, the dromedaries of Midian …

2 Corinthians 8:24 Why show you to them, and before the churches, the proof of your …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

a good.

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise your youth; but be you an example of the believers, …

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

1 Peter 3:1,2,16 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, …

with meekness.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

James 1:21 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and …

Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were on …

Psalm 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

Psalm 45:4 And in your majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness …

Psalm 149:4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek …

Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with …

Isaiah 29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor …

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek you the LORD, all you meek of the earth, which have worked his …

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in …

Matthew 21:5 Tell you the daughter of Sion, Behold, your King comes to you, meek, …

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, …

Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing …

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure …

Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all …

1 Peter 3:4,15 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

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