James 3:18
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New International Version
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

New Living Translation
And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

English Standard Version
And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Berean Study Bible
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap the fruit of righteousness.

Berean Literal Bible
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those making peace.

New American Standard Bible
And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

King James Bible
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.

International Standard Version
And a harvest of righteousness is grown from the seed of peace planted by peacemakers.

NET Bible
And the fruit that consists of righteousness is planted in peace among those who make peace.

New Heart English Bible
Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the fruits of righteousness are sown in peace by those who make peace.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A harvest that has God's approval comes from the peace planted by peacemakers.

New American Standard 1977
And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace unto those that make peace.

King James 2000 Bible
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by them that make peace.

American King James Version
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

American Standard Version
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for them that make peace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the fruit of justice is sown in peace, to them that make peace.

Darby Bible Translation
But [the] fruit of righteousness in peace is sown for them that make peace.

English Revised Version
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for them that make peace.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by them that make peace.

Weymouth New Testament
And peace, for those who strive for peace, is the seed of which the harvest is righteousness.

World English Bible
Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Young's Literal Translation
and the fruit of the righteousness in peace is sown to those making peace.
Study Bible
The Wisdom from Above
17But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace reap the fruit of righteousness.
Cross References
Psalm 92:14
They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green,

Proverbs 11:18
The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.

Isaiah 32:17
And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.

Hosea 10:12
Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.

Amos 6:12
Do horses run on rocks? Or does one plow them with oxen? Yet you have turned justice into poison And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood,

Galatians 6:8
The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Philippians 1:11
filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Treasury of Scripture

And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

the fruit.

James 1:20 For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.

Proverbs 11:18,28,30 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness …

Isaiah 32:16,17 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain …

Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your …

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

John 4:36 And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to life eternal: …

Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus …

Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous…

make.

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

(18) And the fruit of righteousness . . .--Better thus slightly altered: And fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by them that make peace. They "shall be called the children of God" (Matthew 5:9). Their fruit is hidden in the precious seed, but "the times of refreshing shall come," and the glorious plant bring forth her flower, and bear the golden fruit for the blessed ones to eat in the fadeless paradise of God. As "whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap" (Galatians 6:7)--here is a harvest laid up for the righteous to enjoy for ever; and (comp. Hebrews 12:11) God's chastening of the truly penitent yields with it a like promise afterwards of "the peaceable fruit of righteousness"--so, in the tender mercy of our Saviour, "they that sow in tears shall reap in joy" (Psalm 126:6). Thus, in some words which well might mark the close of one whose "quiet spirit slowly passeth by to some more perfect peace"--

"Peace comes at length, though life be full of pain;

Calm in the faith of Christ 1 lay me down;

Pain for His sake is peace, and loss is gain:

For all who bear the cross shall wear the crown."

Verse 18. - The fruit of righteousness; an expression taken from the Old Testament; e.g. Proverbs 11:30; Amos 6:12; and occurring also in Philippians 1:1]. Of them that make peace. Τοῖς ποιοῦσιν εἰρηνήν may be either

(1) "for them," or

(2) "by them that make peace.

This verse gives us St. James's version of the beatitude, "Blessed are the peacemakers (μακάριοι οἱ εἰρηοποιοί)" (Matthew 5:9).



And the fruit of righteousness,.... Which is either eternal life, which is the fruit of Christ's righteousness, and shall be enjoyed by all those who are justified by it; and who, in consequence of it, through the grace of God, live soberly, righteously, and godly; see Romans 6:22 or else what is enjoyed in this life, as the fruit and effect of a righteous and holy conversation, which is peace of conscience; and may be truly called the peaceable fruit of righteousness; see Isaiah 32:17

is sown in peace of them that make peace; that is, either such as are possessed of that wisdom which is peaceable, and makes them so; that peace which they make, pursue after, exercise, and maintain, is a seed, which, being sown by them, will, in the issue, be followed with eternal happiness and felicity; see Matthew 5:9 or such who live a godly life and conversation, and are filled with the fruits of righteousness, and, among the rest, with this of making and preserving peace among men, shall enjoy, as what will spring up from such good seed sown, much conscience peace and spiritual pleasure of mind: righteousness and peace promise a large and comfortable harvest both here and hereafter. 18. "The peaceable fruit of righteousness." He says "righteousness"; because it is itself the true wisdom. As in the case of the earthly wisdom, after the characteristic description came its results; so in this verse, in the case of the heavenly wisdom. There the results were present; here, future.

fruit … sown—Compare Ps 97:11; Isa 61:3, "trees of righteousness." Anticipatory, that is, the seed whose "fruit," namely, "righteousness," shall be ultimately reaped, is now "sown in peace." "Righteousness," now in germ, when fully developed as "fruit" shall be itself the everlasting reward of the righteous. As "sowing in peace" (compare "sown in dishonor," 1Co 15:43) produces the "fruit of righteousness," so conversely "the work" and "effect of righteousness" is "peace."

of them that make peace—"by (implying also that it is for them, and to their good) them that work peace." They, and they alone, are "blessed." "Peacemakers," not merely they who reconcile others, but who work peace. "Cultivate peace" [Estius]. Those truly wise towards God, while peaceable and tolerant towards their neighbors, yet make it their chief concern to sow righteousness, not cloaking men's sins, but reproving them with such peaceable moderation as to be the physicians, rather than the executioners, of sinners [Calvin]. 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.
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