James 1:5

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for James 1:5

If any of you lacke wisedome, let him aske of God, that giueth to all men liberally, and vpbraideth not: and it shalbe giuen him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if any of you lacketh wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if any man among you is without wisdom, let him make his request to God, who gives freely to all without an unkind word, and it will be given to him.
- Basic English Bible

But if any one of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all freely and reproaches not, and it shall be given to him:
- Darby Bible

If any of you lacketh wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given to him.
- Webster's Bible

And if any one of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask God for it, who gives with open hand to all men, and without upbraiding; and it will be given him.
- Weymouth Bible

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him.
- World English Bible

And if ony of you nedith wisdom, axe he of God, which yyueth to alle men largeli, and vpbreidith not; and it schal be youun to hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if any of you do lack wisdom, let him ask from God, who is giving to all liberally, and not reproaching, and it shall be given to him;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for James 1:5

Wesley's Notes for James 1:5

1:5 If any want - The connexion between the first and following verses, both here and in the fourth chapter, will be easily discerned by him who reads them, while he is suffering wrongfully. He will then readily perceive, why the apostle mentions all those various affections of the mind. Wisdom - To understand, whence and why temptations come, and how they are to be improved. Patience is in every pious man already. Let him exercise this, and ask for wisdom. The sum of wisdom, both in the temptation of poverty and of riches, is described in the ninth and tenth verses. Who giveth to all - That ask aright. And upbraideth not - Either with their past wickedness, or present unworthiness.

People's Bible Notes for James 1:5

Jas 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God. This may be one of the wants. If so, go to God for it. That giveth to all [men] liberally. His people will hear, and in answer to their requests he giveth liberally, and upbraideth not. Never upbraideth on account of their requests as men so often do.

Discussion for James 1:5

  • Stanjett on James 1:5
    There is only one unforgivable sin. Cursing the holy spirit . Matt 12:31
  • Aretha - in Reply on James 1:5
    Shem. Black people are the Israelites of the Bible. If you have a Facebook you can search the Israel of God, Riverdale, Illinois and all questions are answered through the King James Version You can also YouTube Israel of God video "Colors". The teacher is Henry Buie
  • Keynayoka B Benton - in Reply on James 1:5
    There is no where in the bible that speaks of a man skin color. People assume because the Israelites was in slaved in Egypt which is in Africa that they were black. The Israelites were a multitude of different people and nationality just as Christians are today. The Israelites was from the land of Israel and Judah which they fled to Egypt because of the famine that God had placed on them because of their disobedience and their failure to repent. They fled to Egypt because they know that Joseph was there and that he had power and he would welcome them there. But when Joseph died the Israelites started living the lifestyle of the Egyptians and neglecting God again, so God allowed them to be put into Slavery as a punishment just like he sent the famine back in Israel. Even after the Israelites was freed from slavery they was suppose to only send 40 days in the wilderness but because they lack of faith and complaining it turned into 40 years. They even tried to go back to Egypt and also they started building golden images to wordship after all God had done for them. Its plenty of more situation in the bible where the Hebrews, the Israelites, the Jews had to suffer punishment from God because of their unwillingness to trust and follow God. Sad to say we as Modern Day Christians are following the same path that they went through.

    Israelites were a group of people that God chose and he gave them the responsibility to spread the message about Jesus Christ coming to die and to redeem them from sin. Today as Christians its our responsibility to share to the world about the love Jesus and his second coming so that everyone can be saved and have eternal life.

    Please Note: Israelites Slavery and Black Slavery is not the same type of slavery. Israelites was in a Spiritual Slavery because of the disobedience to God and not doing his will. Black Slavery was man desire to control another race of people for financial gain.
  • Bendito Palavra - in Reply on James 1:5
    The sermon Jesus gave on the mountain in Matthew chapter 5 begins with him pronouncing nine blessings known as the beatitudes. These refer to a state of happiness or bliss that only comes from submitting to God's will through Jesus Christ to express these particular character traits. Most of them are opposite the way the world thinks happiness is attained. In our own selves, we cannot really attain to them, but Jesus made the way when he died for our sins and rose from the dead, redeeming us to new everlasting life in himself.
  • T. Levis - in Reply on James 1:5
    Great question! I was just thinking about those recently & I realized a deeper thought about them. He said these things before HE actually lived them out as example, before HIS crucifixion.

    Mathew 5:1-48

    Luke 6:17-49

    Mathew 26:67

    Mark 15:16-20

    Luke 23:34
  • Pam on James 1:5
    Upbraideth means to change based on the cicumstance. It's good to trust in a God who doesn't change.
  • Melle on James 1:5
    The Bible says If any one lacks wisdom...... Who is the any one? Does it only refers to christains? How was James speaking to? How can we apply this today?
  • Chris - in Reply on James 1:5
    The book of James, as with Hebrews, is generally understood to have been written to Jewish Christians (as we refer to them now as, Messianic Jews). They are very much a part of Christ's Church but their backgrounds & understanding of Scripture required these letters to be written with them in mind.

    James 1:5, therefore speaks to believers (specifically to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad) & not to unbelievers, simply because unbelievers wouldn't think of asking God for wisdom or anything else. Sometimes, in their desperation they may call out to God, but these truths don't speak about those people.

    Our present day application would be that, not only for wisdom, but for anything that we ask of our Father, He will give according to His Will but we have to believe that He can & will (1 Jn 5:14,15). Many folk ask amiss (Js 1:6-8, 4:3) & don't receive. If we are close to God, in our love & obedience to Him, then His Spirit intercedes on our behalf (helps us) with what we should ask (Rom 8:26,27). So if we are listening closely to Him, then it changes completely what things we ask for. Many people are disappointed when they ask & don't receive. It is not that God is not listening, it is because we're asking to satisfy our desires & not of His Will.
  • MockingBird on James 1:5
    God 's word is wisdom that we need : We not always know what God says to do in every situation circumstance of life : God will not condemn us or ridicule us when we ask for His wisdom to know what we should do. God says to come boldly unto the throne of Grace that we may obtain mercy and find Grace to help in time of need. We I must know that what God says for me to do will always be contrary to what my flesh may want : So I must make sure that I with God 's help can and will do what He says to do. My flesh is alway very prideful : I must crucify my flesh and go with what God says. His riches are so much worthy that the so called riches of what my flesh wants and then to stand on what God says even if it means till God takes me home. Having done all to Stand : Stand : Glory to God : Victory !!!! A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
  • Caspar on James 1:5
    This is one of the best questions that one can ever ask of the Lord In 1Kings 3:5 the Lord asked Solomon what he wanted. In v.9 of the same chapter Solomon asks for wisdom because he loved his bretheren so much he wanted to rule righteously and to not tyrranize over them. In v.10 it says "and the speech pleased the Lord " May we all ask the Lord to give us the wisdom to "love our neighbour as ourselves "


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