“Of Low Esteem” ( James 4:10 WYC ) by Carley Evans

Look at the following translations of the same verse written by James. In several versions, we humble ourselves before or in the sight of the Lord while in several other versions, we find ourselves humbled (or meeked) by an outside force, perhaps by God Himself or by other human beings. At any rate, whether we cast ourselves down or are cast down by others, as we allow ourselves to remain humble, the Lord will exalt or lift us.

The haughty spirit – the proud – this is the one the Lord must discipline. Jesus’ harshest words are for those who hold themselves in high esteem. The Lord lifts the ones who feel the most unworthy and often those we view as the least in the kingdom of God.

Be ye meeked in the sight of the Lord, and he shall enhance you.

humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:10KNOX

Cast down yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10GNV

Be humbled in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:10DRA

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. mtsweat says:

    Interesting find Carley. Great conclusion you give along with it. End result a humbled heart. I find more and more as I read, God seems to give us His Word in such a way that He is doing the work, and we are responsible to do the work. “Work out your own salvation… for it is God who works in you.” “If we live in Christ we ought also to walk in Christ.” Fascinating! Blessings good friend.

    1. lambskinny says:

      Thanks Michael. I’m glad you liked this post. Did you, by any chance, read my post “A Puzzle”? I’d be very interested in your thoughts. – Many blessings, dear friend. Carley

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