Heavenly Wisdom vs. Earthly

 

James 3:13-18
Who among you is Who among you is
wise Discreet, discerning, judging properly what is right
and and
understanding? comprehends and is intelligent?
Let him show by his Let him show by his
good morally excellent, virtuous, righteous; pious
behavior activity and responses
his deeds are done in the his deeds are done in the
gentleness kindliness, non-severity, non-violence
of of
wisdom. knowledge of what is true with just judgment or insight.
But if you have But if you have
bitter harsh, disagreeable, hard to bear, distressful, piercing, antagonistic, hostile, hateful
jealousy suspicion or resentment of another’s advantage
and and
selfish are concerned primarily with one’s own interests, regardless of others
ambition striving for achievement or distinction
in your in your heart
do not be do not be
arrogant pretentious to superior importance, overbearingly assuming, insolently proud
and so and so
lie utter untruth to convey a false impression
against the against the
truth. actual state of a matter; reality; indisputable fact.
This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is
earthly, pertaining to the earth as opposed to heaven, worldly, temporal,
sensual, carnal, fleshly, lacking moral restraint,
demonic. inspired by a demon.
for where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is
disorder confusion, disarray, disruption, clamor
and every and every
evil morally wrong, immoral, wicked, sinful, depraved, vicious, corrupt, base, vile
thing. thing.
But the wisdom from above is first But the wisdom from above is first
pure, unmodified, unadulterated, uncontaminated, untainted, undefiled, uncorrupted,
then then
peaceable, avoiding strife or dissension, not argumentative or hostile,
gentle, gentle,
reasonable, agreeable to sound judgment, rational, sensible; not excessive;
full of full of
mercy compassion, forbearance toward an enemy, forgiveness
and good fruits, and good fruits,
unwavering, not swaying to and fro, steady, not doubting,
without without
hypocrisy. a pretense of sincerity; deception; distortion to mislead; guile.
And the seed whose fruit is And the seed whose fruit is
righteousness uprightness, morality, virtue
is sown in is sown in
peace harmony, freedom from strife or dissension
by those who make peace. by those who make peace.
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