and if bitter zeal ye have, and rivalry in your heart, glory not, nor lie against the truth;
James 3:14 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If ye have bitter envying and strife - If ye be under the influence of an unkind, fierce, and contemptuous spirit, even while attempting or pretending to defend true religion, do not boast either of your exertions or success in silencing an adversary; ye have no religion, and no true wisdom, and to profess either is to lie against the truth. Let all writers on what is called polemic (fighting, warring) divinity lay this to heart. The pious Mr. Herbert gives excellent advice on this subject: -
"Be calm in arguing, for fierceness makes
Error a fault, and truth discourtesy;
Why should I feel another man's mistakes
More than his sickness or his poverty?
In love I should; but anger is not love,
Nor wisdom neither; therefore g-e-n-t-l-y m-o-v-e."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
James 4:1-5 From where come wars and fights among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members...
Genesis 30:1,2 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die...
Genesis 37:11 And his brothers envied him; but his father observed the saying.
Job 5:2 For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one.
Proverbs 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
Isaiah 11:13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah...
Habakkuk 1:3 Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me...
Matthew 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
Acts 5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,
Acts 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,
Acts 13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul...
Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder...
Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
1 Corinthians 3:3 For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are you not carnal, and walk as men?
1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up,
2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found to you such as you would not...
Galatians 5:15,21,26 But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another...
Philippians 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy...
1 Peter 2:1,2 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings...
Romans 2:17,23 Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God...
1 Corinthians 4:7,8 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that you did not receive? now if you did receive it, why do you glory...
1 Corinthians 5:2,6 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that has done this deed might be taken away from among you...
Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
2 Kings 10:16,31 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they made him ride in his chariot...
John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes, the time comes, that whoever kills you will think that he does God service.
Acts 26:9 I truly thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
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