Category Archives: James

James 1:21-25

Some Scripture-Digging Tips

Dig into the linguistics.

This is a shorter passage this week, so take your time really digging into the linguistics of each verse.

Pair the passages.

Again, because this is a shorter passage, look at every cross-reference to these four verses. What richer narrative can you pull together from them when you tie it all together?

The Technicalities

Before we get to this last part of the first chapter of James’ letter, I want you to take a look at a piece of one of Paul’s – over in Romans 10.

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James 1:9-20

Some Scripture-Digging Tips

Dig into the linguistics.

Use Blue Letter Bible to look at the Greek word for “trials” in James 1:2 and “temptations” in verse 12. What is the difference between the two?

Pair the passages.

Read James 1:17 alongside John 3:27 and Numbers 23:19. How do the truths of each provide additional insights to the others?

The Technicalities

Do you remember how I said in the introduction to this book that it reads a lot like the book of Proverbs?

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James 1:1-8

Some Scripture-Digging Tips

Research the book.

Consult your Bible’s introduction to the book, your favorite study tools (like Search the Scriptures) or The Bible Project for foundational introductory information before beginning to study the first chapter.

Identify the key verse.

Hint: Find the author’s emphasis by looking for repeated words and ideas throughout the text.

The Technicalities

Welcome to the Book of James – a five-chapter letter written by James to the Jewish Christians living outside Israel and scattered throughout the Roman Empire.

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