James 1:20

“For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for James 1:20

For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousnesse of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the righteousness of God does not come about by the wrath of man.
- Basic English Bible

for man's wrath does not work God's righteousness.
- Darby Bible

For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
- Webster's Bible

For a man's anger does not lead to action which God regards as righteous.
- Weymouth Bible

for the anger of man doesn't produce the righteousness of God.
- World English Bible

for the wraththe of man worchith not the riytwisnesse of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the wrath of a man the righteousness of God doth not work;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for James 1:20

Wesley's Notes for James 1:20

1:20 The righteousness of God here includes all duties prescribed by him, and pleasing to him.

People's Bible Notes for James 1:20

Jas 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. An angry man will show forth something very different from God's righteousness.

Discussion for James 1:20

  • Carol houston on James 1:20
    My husband is very keen on being "the watchman on the wall" like in ?Ezekiel or is that ?Micah... anyhow he is so keen on preaching what he knows to those around us... especially our grown up children that he doesn't want to go to church anymore and would prefer to 'study" at home... ie... study the right wing websites for what horrible things the world leaders are doing now and then exposing these on his Facebook page for all to look at in horror and wring their hands.... I'm kinda tired of living in a "henny penny, the sky is falling" way. I trust that what is happening is still under God's direction and control despite the badness. How can I help my husband see that all is not lost and that God is supreme? I feel strongly he and his cronies are very puffed up and prideful... my husband has said to me that I am "ignorant". I'm not. I just chose to see the good not the continual bad. (all that is good, perfect and acceptable.... dwell on these things.). I'm in need of spiritual help here!
  • Chris - in Reply on James 1:20
    What your husband is endeavouring to do may show some value, particularly to those who are uninformed about the global political situation, but to devote so much time to information gathering & publishing where attendance at your Fellowship has to be neglected, is not only a misdirected quest but detrimental to his spiritual life, his family & even those he knows at Church. He may not see it now, thinking that he has it all under control & his faith is strong, but one of the many reasons we attend Church is to bring our lives & our thoughts into a correct perspective, by paying special attention to the reading of the Word, singing to the Lord, & to receive both a mental & spiritual challenges from the message by God's servant. Tell him that to give up just a couple of hours on a Sunday to worship as a couple & meet & encourage the others whom you know there, is vital to all & brings glory to God.

    Don't discourage him from his 'watchman' pursuit, though I wonder whether all the information he gleans is actually true, verifiable & profitable to others. I think most of us realize that world leaders, even the honest, upright ones, have to stay true to their political affiliation, which often goes against what is right & proper, even against biblical standards & values. So what must be the condition of those who are corrupt, self-seeking & give little value to life. And even if he exposes all this, I wonder whether his purposes would ever be fully realized. In any case, if he sees that you are supportive of him to some extent & interested, he may well consider your appeal to him, favourably.

    Indeed, God is still in control even though at times it may not appear to be so. All these griefs we face must come to pass as part of God's Agenda - it may be worthwhile to warn others, but more so to look to our own spiritual health & family needs first. There has to be a balance in whatever we do, & the end of it has to be for God's Glory. 1 Corinthians 10:31: "whatever we do".
  • Sacha - in Reply on James 1:20
    I think you are indeed in need ,i cant and wont tell you what to do ,i can only say what i would do in your shoes ,1st i wouldnt get into big discussions that may lead to arguements with your husband ,2nd i would continue to be joyfull and do everything to maintain my conection with my God and my Saviour joyfully ! 3rd i would try very hard not to get too annoyed with him and i would pray for him ,hopefully he will see sense in his own time but meantime i would continue to be me and pray for Gods blessings and mercy to continue on you both ,be as patient as youcan be with Gods help .
  • Adetomiwa on James 1:20
    The book of James teaches us about true religion
  • BSP on James 1:20
    Even though one's anger may be justifiable, when one takes matters into their own hands without regard for God, this does not work out His righteousness or what is right in God's eyes.


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