James 3:10-13

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

In James 3:10-13 he continues to expound on the tongue and the complete contradiction of how it can be used. “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” Moffatt explains “This outburst of James suggests that he had suffered from the strife of tongues in the religious world… it reads like a transcript of bitter experience.” We’ve all experienced what James is talking about. Words that cut down and are mean spirited and evil. It is often hard to believe they come from the same mouth as words that build up and help us walk with God. It is an inexplicable quandry.

James points to the ultimate impossibility of such a contradiction. If bad fruit and bitter water continue to come forth, it means that there is no contradiction. The tree is bad and the spring is…

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