New American Standard Bible
Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that."
King James Bible
For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Darby Bible Translation
instead of your saying, If the Lord should so will and we should live, we will also do this or that.
World English Bible
For you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will both live, and do this or that."
Young's Literal Translation
instead of your saying, 'If the Lord may will, we shall live, and do this or that;'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For that ye ought to say - Instead of what you do say, "we will go into such a city," you ought rather to recognise your absolute dependence on God, and feel that life and success are subject to his will. The meaning is not that we ought always to be saying that in so many words, for this might become a mere ostentatious form, offensive by constant unmeaning repetition; but we are, in the proper way, to recognise our dependence on him, and to form all our plans with reference to his will.
If the Lord will ... - This is proper, because we are wholly dependent on him for life, and as dependent on him for success. He alone can keep us, and he only can make our plans prosperous. In a thousand ways he can thwart our best-laid schemes, for all things are under his control. We need not travel far in life to see how completely all that we have is in the hands of God, or to learn how easily he can frustrate us if he pleases. There is nothing on which the success of our plans depends over which we have absolute control; there is nothing, therefore, on which we can base the assurance of success but his favor.
LibraryDecember 19. "God Giveth Grace unto the Humble" (James iv. 6).
"God giveth grace unto the humble" (James iv. 6). One of the marks of highest worth is deep lowliness. The shallow nature, conscious of its weakness and insufficiency, is always trying to advertise itself and make sure of its being appreciated. The strong nature, conscious of its strength, is willing to wait and let its work be made manifest in due time. Indeed, the truest natures are so free from all self-consciousness and self-consideration that their object is not to be appreciated, understood …
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but taking leave of them and saying, "I will return to you again if God wills," he set sail from Ephesus.
But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.
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