Adulterers and adulteresses! have ye not known that friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever, then, may counsel to be a friend of the world, an enemy of God he is set.
James 4:4 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Ye adulterers and adulteresses - The Jews, because of their covenant with God, are represented as being espoused to him; and hence their idolatry, and their iniquity in general, are represented under the notion of adultery. And although they had not since the Babylonish captivity been guilty of idolatry; according to the letter; yet what is intended by idolatry, having their hearts estranged from God, and seeking their portion in this life and out of God, is that of which the Jews were then notoriously guilty. And I rather think that it is in this sense especially that St. James uses the words. "Lo! they that are far from thee shall perish; thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee." But perhaps something more than spiritual adultery is intended. See James 4:9.
The friendship of the world - The world was their god; here they committed their spiritual adultery; and they cultivated this friendship in order that they might gain this end.
The word μοιχαλιδες, adulteresses, is wanting in the Syriac, Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian, Vulgate, and one copy of the Itala.
Whosoever - will be a friend of the world - How strange it is that people professing Christianity can suppose that with a worldly spirit, worldly companions, and their lives governed by worldly maxims, they can be in the favor of God, or ever get to the kingdom of heaven! When the world gets into the Church, the Church becomes a painted sepulchre; its spiritual vitality being extinct.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalm 50:18 When you saw a thief, then you consented with him, and have been partaker with adulterers.
Psalm 73:27 For, see, they that are far from you shall perish: you have destroyed all them that go a whoring from you.
Isaiah 57:3 But draw near here, you sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
Jeremiah 9:2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people...
Hosea 3:1 Then said the LORD to me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress...
Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it...
Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas...
John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
John 15:19,23 If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world...
John 17:14 I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
1 John 2:15,16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him...
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head...
Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Psalm 21:8 Your hand shall find out all your enemies: your right hand shall find out those that hate you.
Luke 19:27 But those my enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring here, and slay them before me.
John 15:23,24 He that hates me hates my Father also...
Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled...
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