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9 Be afflicted [talaiporeo], and [kai] mourn [pentheo], and [kai] weep [klaio]: let your [humon] laughter [gelos] be turned [metastrepho] to [eis] mourning [penthos], and [kai] your joy [chara] to [eis] heaviness [katepheia].KJV-Interlinear
9 Be miserable and mourn and
weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy to gloom.NASB
Misery, mourning, your laughter turning into an even
deeper mourning and gloom state.These are
what you can expect if you ignore all that has been taught in these last
So, James says, go ahead and ignore all that has been
taught.Go ahead and scoff at these
principles of truth.Go ahead and follow
your heart, your natural instincts, desires, beliefs, opinions, and see what
they get you.
Lightning does not strike instantly when you stray
away from common sense or truth.In fact
God lets you go right ahead in doing or thinking the way you want.
He lets you crusade.He lets you gossip and malign and destroy someone else.He lets you press your political or religious
or natural beliefs.He lets you make
your beliefs more important to you, at someone else's expense.
God lets you ignore His mandates, His principles, His commands.God lets you mock and strut, and ridicule.
God allows the repercussions of your thoughts and
actions fall all over you.
Your laughter and smirkness will be short lived.Yes, you may smirk for years, but time
catches up with us all, and one day, God will call you home and then your worst
realizations will come to you.
Your few short years, perhaps decades in this life
will all be behind you and your future, billions and billions and trillions of
years of eternity and more, lay before you.And all those eternal blessings that you could have had, will never be.
You traded a gold mine of eternal blessings for a few
short stubborn laughs for this life.You
traded a kings wealth for the nothing pile of worldly opinion.You conformed to the world, and traded away
So, James mocks you a bit.Go ahead and cry and worry and lose your
security.Go ahead and be miserable and
mourn your losses, and be gloomy from the very core of your soul.Why?Because
that is exactly what you are doing when you reject the scriptures and pursue
your own beliefs in life.
No, you won't feel these things right away, but sooner
or later, you will.And, when that day
comes, you had better hope (and pray), that God has left a little time for you
to change your ways, and recover.
But alas, most won't change.Even people who happen upon this study, one
day, will most likely roll their eyes and move on to a 'better' study.One which is more convenient to their
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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