Scripture Reading: James 3
With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
Declared—taken count of, numbered, scored, declare a list, recount. Wants others to know.
Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
Mercies—loving-kindnesses, the stuff he was numbering. This list of mercies is his defense against taunts, and blasphemy. Out of my mouth—don’t treat me in an unmerciful way where I have no defense. Don’t give me reason to be silent about you and your word!
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Unto my taste—they go down easy, they are what I truly desire.
104—he hates every false way, doesn’t taste good.
I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
Panted—consuming thirst that makes you desire and pursue refreshment.
My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
Utter—gush forth, a fountain. Speak—testify, announce, shout, sing.
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness
Open sepulchre—smells like death. Nothing pleasant or life-giving. Wants the dead, never full enough. Deceit—hypocritical speech, saying one thing to smooth things over, deception. Poison of asps—gossip, slander. Want to sink their teeth in you to spread their venom. Cursing—damning, imprecatory prayer against someone! Bitterness—wickedness, hatred.
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Nigh thee—close at hand, easy to get. God brought it to you, you don’t have to search for it.
In mouth—when you confess Him, talk about him. In heart—when you believe Him.
--Saying Jesus is your Lord is the outward expression of faith in the heart.
Confess—say the same thing as, be in agreement, not speaking hypocritically.
If any man among you seem to be [imagines he is] religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
Seem—suppose, thinks he is, more self-deception than hypocrisy. Religious—ceremonious in worship, pious, from a word that means to be frightened, to tremble. Religion does not consist in churchy looking actions but a changed life/mouth!
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
Offend—trip, stumble. Bridle—lead guide, hold in check, restrain. If you can do the tongue, you have the ability to do the whole body.
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Tame –restrained. Unruly—restless, incapable of restraint. Crtainly can’t tame someone else’s tongue! Ought not—be one who is able to restrain tongue with God’s help. Tongue starts with heart and transformed mind.
11—does a fountain send forth sweet and bitter water—fountain from 119:171—utter—fountain, gush forth.