James 1:9
New International Version
Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.

New Living Translation
Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them.

English Standard Version
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,

Berean Study Bible
The brother in humble circumstances should exult in his high position.

Berean Literal Bible
But let the brother of low degree boast in his exaltation,

New American Standard Bible
But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position;

King James Bible
Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

Christian Standard Bible
Let the brother of humble circumstances boast in his exaltation,

Contemporary English Version
Any of God's people who are poor should be glad he thinks so highly of them.

Good News Translation
Those Christians who are poor must be glad when God lifts them up,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The brother of humble circumstances should boast in his exaltation,

International Standard Version
A brother of humble means should rejoice in his having been exalted,

NET Bible
Now the believer of humble means should take pride in his high position.

New Heart English Bible
But let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But let the poor brother boast in his exaltation,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Humble believers should be proud because being humble makes them important.

New American Standard 1977
But let the brother of humble circumstances glory in his high position;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let the brother of low degree rejoice in his high status;

King James 2000 Bible
Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

American King James Version
Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

American Standard Version
But let the brother of low degree glory in his high estate:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But let the brother of low condition glory in his exaltation:

Darby Bible Translation
But let the brother of low degree glory in his elevation,

English Revised Version
But let the brother of low degree glory in his high estate:

Webster's Bible Translation
Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

Weymouth New Testament
Let a brother in humble life rejoice when raised to a higher position;

World English Bible
But let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position;

Young's Literal Translation
And let the brother who is low rejoice in his exaltation,
Study Bible
Rejoicing in Trials
8He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 9The brother in humble circumstances should exult in his high position. 10But the one who is rich should exult in his low position, because he will pass away like a flower of the field.…
Cross References
Isaiah 29:19
The humble will increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

Luke 14:11
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

Treasury of Scripture

Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

the brother.

James 2:5,6
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? …

Deuteronomy 15:7,9,11
If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: …

Psalm 62:9
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

rejoice.

Jeremiah 9:23,24
Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: …

Romans 5:2,3
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God…

Philippians 3:3
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

in.

James 2:5
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

1 Samuel 2:8
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them.

Psalm 113:7,8
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; …







Lexicon
The
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

brother
ἀδελφὸς (adelphos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 80: A brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian. A brother near or remote.

in humble circumstances
ταπεινὸς (tapeinos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5011: Humble, lowly, in position or spirit (in a good sense). Of uncertain derivation; depressed, i.e. humiliated.

should exult
Καυχάσθω (Kauchasthō)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2744: To boast; I glory (exult) proudly. From some base akin to that of aucheo and euchomai; to vaunt.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

high position.
ὕψει (hypsei)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5311: Height, heaven; dignity, eminence. From a derivative of huper; elevation, i.e. altitude, the sky, or dignity.
(9-11) Lowly-mindedness is the subject of the next paragraph. There is wide misapprehension of our state of trial: the poor and humble are apt to forget the honour thus vouchsafed to them, worthier in truth than the wealth of this world, which quickly fades away; and the rich and noble are often unmindful of the true source of their dignity, and that "unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required" (Luke 12:48).

(9) Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted (or, better, in his exaltation).--There is no praise from the plain St. James for the pride which apes humility, nor the affectation which loves to be despised. If it please God to "exalt," as of old, "the humble and meek," then anew should be sung a magnificat to Him. The lowly-minded doubt of the Virgin Mary, "How shall this be?" (Luke 1:24), was not reproved by the angel; while the question of blunt incredulity on the part of Zacharias was severely punished (Luke 1:20), and this diverse treatment thus experienced was deserved in either case. Both doubted, yet quite differently, and she of the lower degree rejoiced most in God her Saviour for regarding the lowliness of His handmaiden (Luke 1:47-48). Willingness thus for Christ's service, whether it be great or little, is the right condition of mind for all disciples, and specially the young, with readiness, nay gladness, for "duty in that state of life unto which it shall please God to call them." Pleasure will be naturally felt by most at the prospect of a rise in the world; but there are some finer spirits who fain would shrink from anything like exaltation; and to these the kindly Apostle writes that they may take heart, and not fear the greater dangers which of necessity accompany a higher call.

Verses 9-11. - A very difficult passage, three interpretations of which are given, none of them entirely satisfactory or free from difficulties.

(1) "But let the brother of low degree glory in his high estate [i.e. his Christian dignity]; but let the rich [brother glory] in his humiliation" (i.e. in being poor of spirit, Matthew 5:3).

(2) "But let the brother," etc. (as before); "but the rich man [rejoices] in his humiliation" (i.e. in what is really his degradation; cf. "whose glory is in their shame," Philippians 3:19).

(3) "But let the brother,... but let the rich [grieve] in his humiliation." The ellipse of ταπεινούσθω in this last is very harsh and unexampled, so that the choice really lies between (1) and (2). And against (1) it may be urged

(a) that the "rich" are never elsewhere spoken of as "brothers" in this Epistle. See James 2:6; James 5:1, and cf. the way in which they are spoken of in other parts of the New Testament (e.g. Luke 6:24; Matthew 19:23; Revelation 6:15); and in Ecclus. 13:3;

(b) that in ver. 11 the thought is, not of riches which make to themselves wings and fly away, but of the rich man himself, who fades away;

(c) that ταπείνωσις is elsewhere always used for external lowness of condition, not for the Christian virtue of humility (see Luke 1:48; Acts 8:33; Philippians 3:21). On the whole, therefore, it is best to adopt (2) and to supply the indicative: "but the rich man [not ' brother'] glories in his humiliation;" i.e. he glories in what is really lowering. Because as the flower, etc. A clear reference to Isaiah 40:6, which is also quoted in 1 Peter 1:24. 1:1-11 Christianity teaches men to be joyful under troubles: such exercises are sent from God's love; and trials in the way of duty will brighten our graces now, and our crown at last. Let us take care, in times of trial, that patience, and not passion, is set to work in us: whatever is said or done, let patience have the saying and doing of it. When the work of patience is complete, it will furnish all that is necessary for our Christian race and warfare. We should not pray so much for the removal of affliction, as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who does not want wisdom to guide him under trials, both in regulating his own spirit, and in managing his affairs? Here is something in answer to every discouraging turn of the mind, when we go to God under a sense of our own weakness and folly. If, after all, any should say, This may be the case with some, but I fear I shall not succeed, the promise is, To any that asketh, it shall be given. A mind that has single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest, and that keeps steady in its purposes for God, will grow wise by afflictions, will continue fervent in devotion, and rise above trials and oppositions. When our faith and spirits rise and fall with second causes, there will be unsteadiness in our words and actions. This may not always expose men to contempt in the world, but such ways cannot please God. No condition of life is such as to hinder rejoicing in God. Those of low degree may rejoice, if they are exalted to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom of God; and the rich may rejoice in humbling providences, that lead to a humble and lowly disposition of mind. Worldly wealth is a withering thing. Then, let him that is rich rejoice in the grace of God, which makes and keeps him humble; and in the trials and exercises which teach him to seek happiness in and from God, not from perishing enjoyments.
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