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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - James 5:1-11

The apostle is here addressing first sinners and then saints. I. Let us consider the address to sinners; and here we find James seconding what his great Master had said: Woe unto you that are rich; for you have received your consolation, Luke 6:24. The rich people to whom this word of warning was sent were not such as professed the Christian religion, but the worldly and unbelieving Jews, such as are here said to condemn and kill the just, which the Christians had no power to do; and though... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - James 5:10-11

5:10-11 Brothers, take as an example of patience in hardship the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Look you, we count those who endure blessed. You have heard of Job's steadfast endurance and you have seen the conclusion of his troubles which the Lord gave to him, and you have proof that the Lord is very kind and merciful. It is always a comfort to feel that others have gone through what we have to go through. James reminds his readers that the prophets and the men of God could... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - James 5:11

Behold, we count them happy which endure ,.... Affliction, with courage, constancy, and patience, and hold out to the end; for such shall be saved; theirs is the kingdom of heaven; they are happy now, and will be so hereafter: the Spirit of God, and of glory, now rests upon them; and it is an honour done them that they are counted worthy to suffer for Christ; and they will be glorified with him to all eternity; the consideration of which may serve to encourage and increase patience. Ye... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - James 5:11

We count them happy which endure - According to that saying of our blessed Lord, Blessed are ye when men shall persecute and revile you - for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matthew 5:11 , Matthew 5:12 , etc. Ye have heard of the patience of Job - Stripped of all his worldly possessions, deprived at a stroke of all his children, tortured in body with sore disease, tempted by the devil, harassed by his wife, and calumniated by his friends, he nevertheless held... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - James 5:11

Verse 11 11The patience of Job. Having spoken generally of the prophets, he now refers to an example remarkable above others; for no one, as far as we can learn from histories, has ever been overwhelmed with troubles so hard and so various as Job; and yet he emerged from so deep a gulf. Whosoever, then, will imitate his patience, will no doubt find God’s hand, which at length delivered him, to be the same. We see for what end his history has been written. God suffered not his servant Job to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - James 5:7-11

Four considerations moving the Christian to patience. 1. The example of the husbandman—an illustration from nature. If patience is needful in things of this life, is it not also in the world of grace? 2. The approach of the second advent. 3. The example of the prophets. 4. The example and experience of Job—an instance of one whose latter end the Lord blessed more than his beginning. The nearness of the Lord ' s advent a reason for patience. To most men the thought of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - James 5:7-11

The coming of the Lord. Following the warnings for the rich, we have encouraging counsel for the poor. Yes, even the poor persecuted ones just spoken of in the previous verses. The coming of the Lord is set forth as being nigh at hand, and they are exhorted to a patient waiting till that coming be accomplished. I. THE COMING OF THE LORD . 1. Its nature. 2. Its nearness. Certainly there is a seeming nearness in the apostolic days; how shall it be explained? II. ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - James 5:9-11

Bear and forbear. Here we have another exhortation to patience, with other examples of its exercise. In James 5:7 , James 5:8 , however, the apostle has had in view the persecutions which believers suffer at the hands of the ungodly; while he now refers to the trial of patience which arises from collision of feeling among Christian brethren themselves. I. A WARNING AGAINST IMPATIENCE WITH ONE ANOTHER . ( James 5:9 ) "Murmur not, brethren," implies that believers are... read more

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