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New Living Translation
James 4:10

When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.

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Commentaries:

- Clarke Commentary;   Birdgeway Bible Commentary;   Coffman Commentaries;   Barne's Notes;   Box's Commentaries on Selected Books;   Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes;   Calvin's Commentary;   Cambridge Greek Testament;   Chuck Smith Commentary;   Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible ;   Constable's Expository Notes;   Daily Study Bible;   Darby's Synopsis;   Dunagan Commentary;   Ellicott's Commentary;   Family Bible New Testament;   Hole's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Gaebelein's Annotated;   Morgan's Biblical Exposition;   Gill's Exposition;   Godbey's NT Commentary;   Gary Hampton Commentary;   Everett's Study Notes;   Alford's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Mahan's Commentary;   The Bible Study New Testament;   Ironside's Notes;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged;   Gray's Commentary;   The People's Bible;   Sutcliffe's Commentary;   Trapp's Commentary;   Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible;   Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures;   Grant's Commentary;   Henry's Complete;   Henry's Concise;   Poole's Annotations;   Pett's Bible Commentary;   Peake's Bible Commentary;   Preacher's Homiletical Commentary;   Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary;   People's New Testament;   Benson's Commentary;   Robertson's Word Pictures;   Schaff's New Testament Commentary;   Horae Homileticae;   Spurgeon's Verse Expositions;   Biblical Illustrator;   Coke's Commentary;   Expositor's Bible;   Pulpit Commentaries;   Treasury of Knowledge;   Whedon's Commentary;   Zerr's N.T. Commentary;  

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Commandments;   Humility;   Prayer;   Repentance;   Thompson Chain Reference - Humility;   Humility-Pride;   The Topic Concordance - God;   Humbleness;   Law;   Salvation;   Uplift;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Humility;   Repentance;  

Dictionaries:

- Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Humility;   Sorrow;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Humility;   Presence of God;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Ordinances of the Gospel;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - James, the General Epistle of;   Job;   Rehoboam;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Humility;   James, the Letter;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - James, Epistle of;   Judas;   Peter, First Epistle of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - James Epistle of;  

Encyclopedias:

- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Exalt;   James, Epistle of;  

Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].

The Complete Jewish Bible
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

American Standard Version
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.

Bible in Basic English
Make yourselves low in the eyes of the Lord and you will be lifted up by him.

English Revised Version
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.

English Standard Version
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Darby's Translation
Humble yourselves before [the] Lord, and he shall exalt you.

Easy-to-Read Version
Be humble before the Lord, and he will make you great.

The Geneva Bible (1587)
Cast downe your selues before the Lord, and he will lift you vp.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
Humble your selues in the sight of the Lorde, and he shall lyft you vp.

King James Version (1611)
Humble your selues in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you vp.

Contemporary English Version
Be humble in the Lord's presence, and he will honor you.

New Revised Standard
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

New Century Version
Don't be too proud in the Lord's presence, and he will make you great.

James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Wesley's New Testament (1755)
Humble yourselves in the sight of God, and he will lift you up.

George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
Humble yourselves before the LORD and he shall lift you up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be humbled in the sight of the Lord: and he will exalt you.

Good News Translation
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Holman Christian Standard
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
Cast downe youre selues before the LORDE, and he shal lift you vp.

Mace New Testament (1729)
humble your selves before the Lord, and he will raise you up.

J.P. Green Literal Translation
Be humbled before the Lord, and He will exalt you.

New King James
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

New International Version
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

King James Version
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

New American Standard Version
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

New Life Version
Let yourself be brought low before the Lord. Then He will lift you up and help you.

Hebrew Names Version
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.

International Standard Version
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta
Be humbled before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

The Emphasised Bible
Be made low in presence of the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Revised Standard Version
Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

Tyndale Bible
Cast doune youre selves before the lorde and he shall lift you vp.

Updated Bible Version 1.9
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.

The Webster Bible
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up.

World English Bible
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Weymouth New Testament
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
Be ye mekid in the siyt of the Lord, and he schal enhaunse you.

Young's Literal Translation
be made low before the Lord, and He shall exalt you.

The Message
Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet.

Lexham English Bible
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Contextual Overview

1What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn't it the whole army of evil desires at war within you? 2You want what you don't have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous for what others have, and you can't possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don't have what you want is that you don't ask God for it. 3And even when you do ask, you don't get it because your whole motive is wrong – you want only what will give you pleasure. 4You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can't be a friend of God. 5What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, jealously longs for us to be faithful ? 6He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, "God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble." 7So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites. 9Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.

Verse Review

from
Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
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1 Samuel 2:9; Job 22:29; Psalms 27:6; 28:9; 30:1; 113:7; 147:6; Matthew 23:12; Luke 14:11; 18:14; 1 Peter 5:6

Cross-References

Genesis 3:13
Then the LORD God asked the woman, "How could you do such a thing?""The serpent tricked me," she replied. "That's why I ate it."

Genesis 4:9
Afterward the LORD asked Cain, "Where is your brother? Where is Abel?""I don't know!" Cain retorted. "Am I supposed to keep track of him wherever he goes?"

Genesis 4:10
But the LORD said, "What have you done? Listen – your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground!

Genesis 9:5
And murder is forbidden. Animals that kill people must die, and any person who murders must be killed.

Genesis 18:20
So the LORD told Abraham, "I have heard that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are extremely evil, and that everything they do is wicked.

Exodus 3:7
Then the LORD told him, "You can be sure I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries for deliverance from their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering.

Numbers 35:33
This will ensure that the land where you live will not be polluted, for murder pollutes the land. And no atonement can be made for murder except by the execution of the murderer.

Joshua 7:19
Then Joshua said to Achan, "My son, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, by telling the truth. Make your confession and tell me what you have done. Don't hide it from me."

2 Kings 9:26
'I solemnly swear that I will repay him here on Naboth's property, says the LORD, for the murder of Naboth and his sons that I saw yesterday.' So throw him out on Naboth's field, just as the LORD said."

Job 16:18
"O earth, do not conceal my blood. Let it cry out on my behalf.

Gill's Notes on the Bible

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord,.... Which is done, when men, before the Lord, and from their hearts, and in the sincerity of their souls, acknowledge their meanness and unworthiness, their vileness, sinfulness, and wretchedness, and implore the grace and mercy of God in Christ, as did Abraham, Jacob, Job, Isaiah, Paul, and the publican; and when they walk humbly with God, acknowledging they can do nothing without him; owning their dependence on his grace, and ascribing all they have, and are, unto it:

and he shall lift you up; this is God's usual way to lift up the meek, and exalt those that humble themselves; he lifts them from the dunghill, to set them among princes; he gives them a place, and a name in his house, better than sons and daughters; he adorns them with his grace; he clothes them with the righteousness of his Son, he grants them nearness to himself; and at last will introduce them into his kingdom and glory.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord - Compare Matthew 23:12. See the notes at James 4:6. That is, be willing to take your appropriate place in the dust on account of your transgressions. This is to be “in the sight of the Lord,” or before him. Our sins have been committed against him; and their principal aggravation, whoever may have been wronged by them, and great as is their criminality in other respects, arises from that consideration. Psalm 51:4, “against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight.” Luke 15:18, “I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee.” As the Being against whom we have sinned is the only one who can pardon, it is proper that we should humble ourselves before him with penitent confession.

And he shall lift you up - He will exalt you from the condition of a broken-hearted penitent to that of a forgiven child; will wipe away your tears, remove the sadness of your heart, fill you with joy, and clothe you with the garments of salvation. This declaration is in accordance with all the promises in the Bible, and with all the facts which occur on the earth, that God is willing to show mercy to the humble and contrite, and to receive those who are truly penitent into his favor. Compare Luke 15:22.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord - In James 4:7; they were exhorted to submit to God; here they are exhorted to humble themselves in his sight. Submission to God's authority will precede humiliation of soul, and genuine repentance is performed as in the sight of God; for when a sinner is truly awakened to a sense of his guilt and danger, he seems to see, whithersoever he turns, the face of a justly incensed God turned against him.

He shall lift you up - Mourners and penitents lay on the ground, and rolled themselves in the dust. When comforted and pardoned, they arose from the earth, shook themselves from the dust, and clothed themselves in their better garments. God promises to raise these from the dust, when sufficiently humbled.


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Saturday, August 17th, 2019
the Week of Proper 14 / Ordinary 19
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