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JAMES 1:20

Victor M. Eskew


For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.


1.    Wrath

A.   Strong (3709):  properly desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), that is, (by analogy) violent passion…

B.    Thayer:  anger…movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but especially anger

C.   Vine:  …came to signify anger, as the strongest of all passions.  It involves “a more settled or abiding nature of the mind.”


2.    Worketh not

A.   Strong (2716):  to not work fully, not accomplish, not to finish

B.    Thayer:  not to perform, not to accomplish, not to achieve

C.   Vine:  not to work out, achieve, effect by toil


3.    Righteousness

A.   Strong (1343):  equity…specifically (Christian) justification

B.    Thayer:  the state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God

C.   Vine:  the character or quality of being right or just, it was formerly spelled ‘rightwiseness,’ which clearly expresses the meaning…whatever conforms to the revealed will of God…the sum total of the requirements of God