James 4:10
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New International Version
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

New Living Translation
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

English Standard Version
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

New American Standard Bible
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

King James Bible
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.

International Standard Version
Humble yourselves in the Lord's presence, and he will exalt you.

NET Bible
Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be humble before THE LORD JEHOVAH, and he will exalt you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Humble yourselves in the Lord's presence. Then he will give you a high position.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

King James 2000 Bible
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

American King James Version
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

American Standard Version
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be humbled in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Darby Bible Translation
Humble yourselves before [the] Lord, and he shall exalt you.

English Revised Version
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Weymouth New Testament
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

World English Bible
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Young's Literal Translation
be made low before the Lord, and He shall exalt you.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-10 Since all wars and fightings come from the corruptions of our own hearts, it is right to mortify those lusts that war in the members. Wordly and fleshly lusts are distempers, which will not allow content or satisfaction. Sinful desires and affections stop prayer, and the working of our desires toward God. And let us beware that we do not abuse or misuse the mercies received, by the disposition of the heart when prayers are granted When men ask of God prosperity, they often ask with wrong aims and intentions. If we thus seek the things of this world, it is just in God to deny them. Unbelieving and cold desires beg denials; and we may be sure that when prayers are rather the language of lusts than of graces, they will return empty. Here is a decided warning to avoid all criminal friendships with this world. Worldly-mindedness is enmity to God. An enemy may be reconciled, but enmity never can be reconciled. A man may have a large portion in things of this life, and yet be kept in the love of God; but he who sets his heart upon the world, who will conform to it rather than lose its friendship, is an enemy to God. So that any one who resolves at all events to be upon friendly terms with the world, must be the enemy of God. Did then the Jews, or the loose professors of Christianity, think the Scripture spake in vain against this worldly-mindedness? or does the Holy Spirit who dwells in all Christians, or the new nature which he creates, produce such fruit? Natural corruption shows itself by envying. The spirit of the world teaches us to lay up, or lay out for ourselves, according to our own fancies; God the Holy Spirit teaches us to be willing to do good to all about us, as we are able. The grace of God will correct and cure the spirit by nature in us; and where he gives grace, he gives another spirit than that of the world. The proud resist God: in their understanding they resist the truths of God; in their will they resist the laws of God; in their passions they resist the providence of God; therefore, no wonder that God resists the proud. How wretched the state of those who make God their enemy! God will give more grace to the humble, because they see their need of it, pray for it are thankful for it, and such shall have it. Submit to God, ver. 7. Submit your understanding to the truth of God; submit your wills to the will of his precept, the will of his providence. Submit yourselves to God, for he is ready to do you good. If we yield to temptations, the devil will continually follow us; but if we put on the whole armour of God, and stand out against him, he will leave us. Let sinners then submit to God, and seek his grace and favour; resisting the devil. All sin must be wept over; here, in godly sorrow, or, hereafter, in eternal misery. And the Lord will not refuse to comfort one who really mourns for sin, or to exalt one who humbles himself before him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Humble yourselves, etc. A further parallel with our Lord's teaching, St. James's words being perhaps suggested by the saying recorded in Matthew 23:12, "Whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted" (ὑψωθήσεται, as here, "He shall lift you up," ὑψώσει). In the sight of the Lord (ἐνώπιον). The article (τοῦ) in the Received Text is certainly wrong. It is wanting in a, A, B, K. The anarthrous Κύριος is used by St. James here and in James 5:4, 10 (with which contrast ver. 14), and 1 l, as equivalent to the "Jehovah" of the Old Testament, which is represented in the LXX. by Κύριος without the article.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord,.... Which is done, when men, before the Lord, and from their hearts, and in the sincerity of their souls, acknowledge their meanness and unworthiness, their vileness, sinfulness, and wretchedness, and implore the grace and mercy of God in Christ, as did Abraham, Jacob, Job, Isaiah, Paul, and the publican; and when they walk humbly with God, acknowledging they can do nothing without him; owning their dependence on his grace, and ascribing all they have, and are, unto it:

and he shall lift you up; this is God's usual way to lift up the meek, and exalt those that humble themselves; he lifts them from the dunghill, to set them among princes; he gives them a place, and a name in his house, better than sons and daughters; he adorns them with his grace; he clothes them with the righteousness of his Son, he grants them nearness to himself; and at last will introduce them into his kingdom and glory.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. in the sight of the Lord—as continually in the presence of Him who alone is worthy to be exalted: recognizing His presence in all your ways, the truest incentive to humility. The tree, to grow upwards, must strike its roots deep downwards; so man, to be exalted, must have his mind deep-rooted in humility. In 1Pe 5:6, it is, Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, namely, in His dealings of Providence: a distinct thought from that here.

lift you up—in part in this world, fully in the world to come.

James 4:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Drawing Near to God
9Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. 11Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.…
Cross References
Exodus 10:3
So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, "This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: 'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.

1 Samuel 2:7
The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.

2 Chronicles 7:14
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Job 5:11
The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.

Proverbs 29:23
Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

Ezekiel 21:26
this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Take off the turban, remove the crown. It will not be as it was: The lowly will be exalted and the exalted will be brought low.

Luke 1:52
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.

Luke 14:11
For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

James 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble."

1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
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Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

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James 4:6,7 But he gives more grace. Why he said, God resists the proud, but …

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1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent …

Job 22:29 When men are cast down, then you shall say, There is lifting up; …

Psalm 27:6 And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me: …

Psalm 28:9 Save your people, and bless your inheritance: feed them also, and …

Psalm 30:1 I will extol you, O LORD; for you have lifted me up, and have not …

Psalm 113:7 He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the dunghill;

Psalm 147:6 The LORD lifts up the meek: he casts the wicked down to the ground.

Matthew 23:12 And whoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall …

Luke 14:11 For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself …

Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than …

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