Vincent Word Studies - James 1:5 - 1:5

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Vincent Word Studies - James 1:5 - 1:5


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But

Omitted in A. V. In pursuing this perfection you will find yourselves lacking in wisdom. One may say, “I know not how to become perfect;” but, if any man, etc.

Lack

Note the repetition.

Of God that giveth (τοῦ διδόντος Θεοῦ)

The Greek puts it so that giving is emphasized as an attribute of God. Lit., “Ask of the giving God,” or of “God the giver.”

Liberally (ἁπλῶς)

Only here in New Testament. Literally the word means simply, and this accords with the following negative clause, upbraiding not. It is pure, simple giving of good, without admixture of evil or bitterness. Compare Rom 12:8, where a kindred noun is used: “He that giveth let him do it with simplicity (ἐν ἁπλότητι).” Compare, also, Pro 10:22. Men often complicate and mar their giving with reproach, or by an assumption of superiority.