James 5:6
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New International Version
You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

King James Bible
Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

Darby Bible Translation
ye have condemned, ye have killed the just; he does not resist you.

World English Bible
You have condemned, you have murdered the righteous one. He doesn't resist you.

Young's Literal Translation
ye did condemn -- ye did murder the righteous one, he doth not resist you.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you - Several by τον δικαιον, the just one, understand Jesus Christ, who is so called, Acts 3:14; Acts 7:52; Acts 22:14; but the structure of the sentence, and the connection in which it stands, seem to require that we should consider this as applying to the just or righteous in general, who were persecuted and murdered by those oppressive rich men; and their death was the consequence of their dragging them before the judgment seats, James 2:6, where, having no influence, and none to plead their cause, they were unjustly condemned and executed.

And he doth not resist you. - In this, as in τον δικαιον, the just, there is an enallege of the singular for the plural number. And in the word ουκ αντιτασσεται, he doth not resist, the idea is included of defense in a court of justice. These poor righteous people had none to plead their cause; and if they had it would have been useless, as their oppressors had all power and all influence, and those who sat on these judgment seats were lost to all sense of justice and right. Some think that he doth not resist you should be referred to God; as if he had said, God permits you to go on in this way at present, but he will shortly awake to judgment, and destroy you as enemies of truth and righteousness.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


James 2:6 But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?

Matthew 21:38 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him...

Matthew 23:34,35 Why, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify...

Matthew 27:20,24,25 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus...

John 16:2,3 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes, the time comes, that whoever kills you will think that he does God service...

Acts 2:22,23 You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs...

Acts 3:14,15 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted to you...

Acts 4:10-12 Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified...

Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One...

Acts 13:27,28 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not...

Acts 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers has chosen you, that you should know his will, and see that Just One...

1 Thessalonians 2:15,16 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men...

and he.

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter...

Matthew 5:39 But I say to you, That you resist not evil: but whoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Matthew 26:53,54 Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels...

Luke 22:51-53 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer you thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him...

John 19:9-11 And went again into the judgment hall, and said to Jesus, From where are you? But Jesus gave him no answer...

Acts 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer...

1 Peter 2:22,23 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth...

June the Twenty-Ninth Effectual Prayers
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." --JAMES v. 13-20. Or, as Weymouth translates it, "The heartfelt supplication of a righteous man exerts a mighty influence." Prayer may be empty words, with no more power than those empty shells which have been foisted upon the Turks in their war with the Balkan States. Firing empty shells! That is what many professed prayers really are; they have nothing in them, and they accomplish nothing. They are just forged upon the lips, and
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

"Who Will Rise up with Me against the Wicked?"
Ps. 94:16. 1. In all ages, men who neither feared God nor regarded man have combined together, and formed confederacies, to carry on the works of darkness. And herein they have shown themselves wise in their generation; for by this means they more effectually promoted the kingdom of their father the devil, than otherwise they could I have done. On the other hand, men who did fear God, and desire the happiness of their fellow-creatures, have, in every age, found it needful to join together, in order
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

On the Whole, Since Scripture Places the Principal Part of Worship in the Invocation Of...
On the whole, since Scripture places the principal part of worship in the invocation of God (this being the office of piety which he requires of us in preference to all sacrifices), it is manifest sacrilege to offer prayer to others. Hence it is said in the psalm: "If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god, shall not God search this out?" (Ps. 44:20, 21). Again, since it is only in faith that God desires to be invoked, and he distinctly enjoins us to frame
John Calvin—Of Prayer--A Perpetual Exercise of Faith

But Some Seem to be Moved by the Fact...
But some seem to be moved by the fact, that the prayers of saints are often said to have been heard. Why? Because they prayed. "They cried unto thee" (says the Psalmist), "and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded" (Ps. 22:5). Let us also pray after their example, that like them we too may be heard. Those men, on the contrary, absurdly argue that none will be heard but those who have been heard already. How much better does James argue, "Elias was a man subject to like passions
John Calvin—Of Prayer--A Perpetual Exercise of Faith

Cross References
Isaiah 5:23
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.

Hebrews 10:38
And, "But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back."

James 4:2
You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.

1 Peter 4:18
And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"

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