But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. NKJV
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. NIV
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. ESV
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. NASB
God, the wisdom that we need is only from You. It is not the wisdom of man nor the world. You gladly give us this gift, if we would only ask. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5) And, the treasures that describe Your wisdom, LORD…
pure: μέν – me’n = truly, certainly, surely, indeed; “…free from iniquity, studious of holiness both in heart and life.” (M. Henry)
peaceable: εἰρηνικός – eirēnikos = bring peace with it, peaceful, salutary; peace depends upon purity. ” Those who are truly wise do what they can to preserve peace, that it may not be broken; and to make peace, that where it is lost it may be restored. In kingdoms, in families, in churches, in all societies, and in all interviews and transactions, heavenly wisdom makes men peaceable.” (M. Henry)
gentle: ἐπιεικής – epieikēs = equitable, fair, mild, gentle, seeming, suitable. “It is gentle, not standing upon extreme right in matters of property; not saying nor doing any thing rigorous in points of censure; not being furious about opinions, urging our own beyond their weight nor theirs who oppose us beyond their intention; not being rude and overbearing in conversation, nor harsh and cruel in temper. Gentleness may thus be opposed to all these.” (M. Henry)
Father, I feel compassion in what Mr. Henry says here as it is the need to control, to be right, to act high and mighty that brings us down. Help me to use Your wisdom when I talk to others.
easy to be entreated: εὐπειθής – eupeithēs = easily obeying, compliant. “…it is very persuadable, either to what is good or from what is evil.” (M. Henry)
full of mercy: ἔλεος – eleos = mercy: kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them/of men towards men: to exercise the virtue of mercy, show one’s self merciful.
good fruits: καρπός – karpos = that which originates or comes from something, an effect, result/work,act, deed.
“Heavenly wisdom is full of mercy and good fruits, inwardly disposed to every thing that is kind and good, both to relieve those who want and to forgive those who offend, and actually to do this whenever proper occasions offer.” (M. Henry)
without partiality: ἀδιάκριτος – adiakritos = without dubiousness, ambiguity or uncertainty. “The original word, adiakritos, signifies to be without suspicion, or free from judging, making no undue surmises nor differences in our conduct towards one person more than another. The margin reads it, without wrangling, not acting the part of sectaries, and disputing merely for the sake of a party; nor censuring others purely on account of their differing from us. The wisest men are least apt to be censurers.” (M. Henry)
without hypocrisy: ἀνυπόκριτος – anypokritos = unfeigned, undisguised, sincere. “It has no disguises nor deceits. It cannot fall in with those managements which the world counts wise, which are crafty and guileful; but it is sincere and open, steady and uniform, and consistent with itself.” (M. Henry)
Father God, You will gladly give us this precious gift and when You do, may we use it as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:12: For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.
I pray that my mind and heart would stay close and tender towards Your teaching as I learn Your ways, O LORD.
And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:18
“And that which is sown in peace will produce a harvest of joys. Let others reap the fruits of contentions, and all the advantages they can propose to themselves by them; but let us go on peaceably to sow the seeds of righteousness, and we may depend upon it our labour will not be lost. For light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart; and the work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” (M. Henry)
Father, I pray that I would be still and ask for Your wisdom. That I would allow Your Holy Spirit to bathe me in it and walk this world with the strength of Your wisdom in me through Your Holy Spirit. May I be quiet and assured because I am close to You. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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