Copyright © T. E. Killian -- Christian Author
5 Listen, my beloved brothers,
didn’t God choose the poor of the world
to be rich in faith,
and heirs of the kingdom
which He promised to those who love Him?
6 But you have dishonored the poor man.
Don’t the rich oppress you,
and drag you into courts?
7 Don’t they blaspheme the precious name
you have been called?
The Easy Study Bible Diagramed
5 Listen, my beloved brothers, didn’t God choose the poor of the world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Don’t the rich oppress you, and drag you into courts? 7 Don’t they blaspheme the precious name you have been called?
In this chapter James condemns favoring the rich, and ignoring the poor. He calls this showing of favoritism an injustice.
He says that acting that way is contrary to God’s wishes because God has chosen the poor who are often persecuted.
He shows that the whole law is to be fulfilled, and that mercy should be followed, as well as justice.
He uses Abraham and Rahab as examples of faith in action
Listen carefully, my much loved fellow believers: Didn’t God our Father choose the needy who have great faith, out of this ungodly world, to be the ones to receive the kingdom which He has promised to those who dearly love Him? But you have humiliated the needy. Don’t the rich persecute you and drag you into the courts unjustly? Don’t they speak evil of that precious name that you are named after?
Words to understand:
listen – to hear, comprehend, understand
beloved – beloved, esteemed, dear, favorite, worthy of love
brothers – fellow believers
poor – poor, needy, beggar
world – the world, the universe; the inhabitants of the earth
rich – wealthy, abounding in material resources
faith – conviction of the truth of anything, belief, faith
dishonored – to dishonor, insult, treat with contempt, whether in word, deed or thought
oppress – to oppress, exercise harsh control over, use one’s power against someone
courts – the place where judgment is given, courts
blaspheme – to speak reproachfully, rail at, revile, blaspheme
precious – good, excellent in its nature and characteristics, precious, honorable
called – to put a name upon, call
This verse is intended to give hope to the many faithful who love God. They will be rewarded because they may not be rich in the normal way but they are definitely rich in faith.
Note, also, that he says we are not to be stained or controlled by what the rest of the world does.
If you think we live in a time when people are suing each other over the most trivial things, it was just as bad back then. In fact, the whole system was totally corrupt as well. The rich took away from the poor all the time.
The rich not only thought they were above the law of the land but also God’s law.
Verse for August 5