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James Bible Study

James 1

The Christian's Battles - James 1:1-15

The Christian's Bible - James 1:16-26

James 2

The Christian's Brethren - James 2:1-13

The Christian's Beliefs - James 2:14-26

James 3

The Christian's Behavior - James 3:1-4:12

James 4

The Christian's Boasting - James 4:13-5:6

James 5

The Christian's Burdens - James 5:7-20

James and Jesus

JAMES AND THE SAYINGS OF JESUS

James shows a remarkable familiarity with the words spoken by Jesus in the gospels, especially in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).

This chart depicts the many parallels between James and Jesus that scholars have noted both parallels in words and in themes.

 

 

 

Themes James Gospels
Joy in persecution James 1:2 Matthew 5:11-12; Luke 6:22-23
A person's goal of being perfect and mature James 1:4 Matthew 5:48
Asking and receiving from God James 1:5 Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:19
Asking in faith and not doubting James 1:6 Matthew 21:21-22; Mark 11:22-24
Reversal of proud and humble James 1:9-10, 4:6, 10 Matthew 23:12; Luke 14:11; Luke 18:14
Sun scorching plants and they wither James 1:11 Matthew 13:6; Mark 4:7
Blessings for perseverance under trial James 1:12 Matthew 5:11-12
God as the giver of gifts James 1:17 Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13
Not only listen to but do the Word of God James 1:22, 2:14, 17 Matthew 7:21-27; Luke 6:46-49
Compassion for those who are needy and hurting James 1:27, 2:15 Matthew 25:34-36
The poor to inherit the kingdom James 2:5 Matthew 5:3; Luke 6:20
"Love your neighbor as yourself" James 2:8 Matthew 22:39; Mark 12:31
Not breaking the least commandment James 2:10 Matthew 5:19 
Judgment on those who show no mercy James 2:13 Matthew 18:23-34; 25:41-46
Through obedience becoming friends of God James 2:23 John 15:13-15
Teachers judged more strictly James 3:1 Mark 9:38, 40; Luke 20:45, 47
We are judged by what we say James 3:2 Matthew 12:37
What corrupts is what comes out of our mouths James 3:6 Matthew 15:11, 18; Mark 7:15, 20; Luke 6:45
Same source cannot produce good and evil James 3:11-12 Matthew 7:16-18; Luke 6:43-44
Peacemakers blessed by God James 3:18 Matthew 5:9
A (spiritually) adulterous people James 4:4 Matthew 12:39; Mark 8:38
Friendship with the world means enmity with God
(or vice versa)
James 4:4 John 15:18-21
Laughter to be turned into mourning James 4:6 Luke 6:25
Not judging others James 4:11-12, 5:9 Matthew 7:1-2
God can both save and destroy James 4:12 Matthew 10:28
Foolishness of planning the future apart from God James 4:13-14 Luke 12:18-20
Punishment for those who know God's will but
refuse to do it
James 4:17 Luke 12:47
Woe to the rich James 5:1 Luke 6:24
Wealth removed by moth and corrosion James 5:2-3 Matthew 6:19-20
Self-indulgence with no concern for the poor James 5:5 Luke 16:19-20, 25
Returning Judge is at the door James 5:9 Matthew 24:33; Mark 13:29
Persecution of prophets James 5:10 Matthew 5:10-12
Do not swear oaths James 5:12 Matthew 5:33-37
Restoring an erring brother/sister James 5:19-29 Matthew 18:15
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