James 1:19
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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

King James Bible
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Darby Bible Translation
So that, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;

World English Bible
So, then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger;

Young's Literal Translation
So then, my brethren beloved, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Swift to hear - Talk little and work much, is a rabbinical adage. - Pirkey Aboth, cap. i.15.

The righteous speak little, and do much; the wicked speak much, and do nothing. - Bava Metzia, fol. 87.

The son of Sirach says, cap. v. 11: Γινου ταχυς εν τῃ ακροασει σου, και εν μακροθυμιᾳ φθεγγου αποκρισιν. "Be swift to hear, and with deep consideration give answer."

Slow to wrath - "There are four kinds of dispositions," says the Midrash hanaalam, cap. v. 11: "First, Those who are easily incensed, and easily pacified; these gain on one hand, and lose on the other. Secondly, Those who are not easily incensed, but are difficult to be appeased; these lose on the one hand, and gain on the other. Thirdly, Those who are difficult to be incensed, and are easily appeased; these are the good. Fourthly, Those who are easily angered, and difficult to be appeased; these are the wicked." Those who are hasty in speech are generally of a peevish or angry disposition. A person who is careful to consider what he says, is not likely to be soon angry.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Nehemiah 8:2,3,12-14,18 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding...

Nehemiah 9:3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day...

Proverbs 8:32-35 Now therefore listen to me, O you children: for blessed are they that keep my ways...

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep your foot when you go to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools...

Mark 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, so that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door...

Mark 12:37 David therefore himself calls him Lord; and from where is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.

Luke 15:1 Then drew near to him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

Luke 19:48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to you; and you have well done that you are come. Now therefore are we all here present before God...

Acts 13:42-44,48 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles sought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath...

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind...

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard of us...

slow to speak.

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

James 3:1,2 My brothers, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation...

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.

Proverbs 13:3 He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.

Proverbs 17:27 He that has knowledge spares his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

Proverbs 18:13,21 He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him...

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Ecclesiastes 5:2,3 Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and you on earth...

slow to wrath.

Nehemiah 9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of your wonders that you did among them; but hardened their necks...

Proverbs 14:17,29 He that is soon angry deals foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated...

Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one lets out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

Proverbs 19:11,19 The discretion of a man defers his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression...

Proverbs 25:28 He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Ecclesiastes 7:8,9 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit...

Matthew 5:22 But I say to you, That whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment...

Galatians 5:20,21 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies...

Ephesians 4:26,31 Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath...

Colossians 3:8,15 But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth...

February 28. "Count it all Joy" (James i. 2).
"Count it all joy" (James i. 2). We do not always feel joyful, but we are to count it all joy. The word "reckon" is one of the key-words of Scripture. It is the same word used about our being dead. We do not feel dead. We are painfully conscious of something that would gladly return to life. But we are to treat ourselves as dead, and neither fear nor obey the old nature. So we are to reckon the thing that comes as a blessing. We are determined to rejoice, to say, "My heart is fixed, O God, I will
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

October the Eighteenth Unanimity in the Soul
"A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways." --JAMES i. 1-8. If two men are at the wheel with opposing notions of direction and destiny, how will it fare with the boat? If an orchestra have two conductors both wielding their batons at the same time and with conflicting conceptions of the score, what will become of the band? And a man whose mind is like that of two men flirting with contrary ideals at the same time will live a life "all sixes and sevens," and nothing will move to purposeful
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

Sermon on a Martyr's Day
Of three sorts of spiritual temptation by which holy men are secretly assailed; to wit: spiritual unchastity, covetousness, and pride. James i. 12.--"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him. ALL our life (says Job), so long as we are upon earth, is full of struggle and temptation, insomuch that this life is not called a life by the Saints, but a temptation. When one temptation is over,
Susannah Winkworth—The History and Life of the Reverend Doctor John Tauler

The Sixth Petition Corresponds as we have Observed to the Promise of Writing the Law...
The sixth petition corresponds (as we have observed) to the promise [26] of writing the law upon our hearts; but because we do not obey God without a continual warfare, without sharp and arduous contests, we here pray that he would furnish us with armour, and defend us by his protection, that we may be able to obtain the victory. By this we are reminded that we not only have need of the gift of the Spirit inwardly to soften our hearts, and turn and direct them to the obedience of God, but also of
John Calvin—Of Prayer--A Perpetual Exercise of Faith

Cross References
Numbers 22:27
When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff.

Proverbs 10:19
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

Proverbs 14:29
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

Proverbs 16:32
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 17:27
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

Proverbs 29:20
Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

Ecclesiastes 7:9
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

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