He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law; he that is a talebearer and backbites his brother, his fellow member, and detracts from his good name and character, and takes upon him to judge his heart, and his state, as well as, to condemn his actions, he speaks evil of the law; and judges and condemns that, as if that forbid a thing that was lawful, even tale bearing and detraction, Leviticus 19:16, or by speaking evil of him for a good thing he does, he blames and condemns the law, as though it commanded a thing that was evil; and by passing sentence upon his brother, he takes upon him the province of the law, which is to accuse, charge, convince, pronounce guilty, and condemn: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law; as is a duty, and would best become: but a judge; and so such a person not only infringes the right of the law, but assumes the place of the Judge and lawgiver himself; whereas, as follows. Yes, we need to correct false teaching when we teach our families, and if the pastor has taught something that is against the Word, we should correct the thinking of our family in that area, but this can be done without speaking evil of the pastor. E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament.
1952. Speak . There might be a distinction between the person and their action, but I am not sure I would take the chance that speaking evil of their actions and finding out later that it was speaking evil of the person. ΄ὴ καταλαλεῖτε ἀλλήλων, ἀδελφοί, etc. "He who speaks against a brother or judges him, speaks against the law.
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James 4:11. (7) He reprehends most sharply another double mischief of pride. It is so easy to believe that the false practice or doctrine being advocated by another brother justifies or excuses or is more dangerous and sinful than my abusive or slanderous speech. Criticism that is generated by envy, jealousy, and selfish ambition. We need to mind our tongues when others are in our minds, lest we demean them and offend Christ. And I will execute great vengeance upon them, love the Lord your God with all your heart, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas, A brother (literally or figuratively) near or remote (much like G0001), The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom), And, also, even, so then, too, etc.
"Commentary on James 4:11".
3 spoken of rest, and in the beginning of ch. But if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge - It is implied here that it is the simple duty of every Christian to obey the law. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. [Note: Adamson, p177.].
It may, however, refer to the contentions among the zealots, and different factions then prevailing among this wretched people, or to their calumnies against those of their brethren who had embraced the Christian faith. James 4:11-12-----Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.
In His precious name I pray, AMEN. © 2017 QuotesCosmos ● Home ● About ● Privacy ● Terms ● Principles ● Sitemap ● Contact. James 4:11. The judgment which they passed, therefore, was not only on their brethren, but was on that law of Christianity which had given greater liberty of conscience, and which was intended to abolish the obligation of the Jewish ritual. "Commentary on James 4:11". Speak not evil one of another — This is a grand hinderance of peace.
but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge: by condemning thy fellow-men, thou steppest out of thy province, which is not to judge the law, but to obey it. Though he spoke so much against the evils of the tongue, he give them a special admonition against the vice of detraction, so common in the world, as also against rash judgments, which happen so frequently where there are dissensions and divisions. Judging a fellow believer, according to one's own standard, implies that we are superior to the law - but only God, Who gave us the law, holds the right and responsibility to be judge and jury.