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

  • 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 "
  • Will Knau on James 1:5
    If anyone lacks wisdom knowledge intelligence,just simply ask God. Any request for knowledge is a stepping stone to finding the truth of or in all knowledge. He promises here that you will not be reproached, upbraideth not chastised, 'put down '. The promise here is you will receive the knowledge that you request. He doesn 't say he 's going to help someone just because they are christian or they might be a religous leader either. This is for everyone that needs help. That is reflected in the surrounding verses.
  • Anonymous on James 1:5
    Jehovah God is the ultimate Source of all true wisdom. He is generous with it, sharing it freely with those who want his guidance and who seek to live by it.
  • Abram on James 1:5
    James is telling us Christian to be strong in our Faith and believe in Christ .And he is telling us it will not be easy in this Faith ,but if we trust God and be leave his only Son, and that is
    Wisdom.He was kille but believing that his father can do all things and he committed his life in his wisdom
  • Thompson Fadirepo on James 1:5
    I think the book of James is a book to be read by Christians always, because is a book necessary for christian maturity.
  • Daniel on James 1:5
    Wisdom to understand why we are going through situations is lacked in many christians, hence christians so often respond to many situations carnally. God gives without holding back anything for the good of His children. All we need to do is ask in faith and in faith believe that you have received it.
  • Gladz on James 1:5
    i thank God in his promise that if anyone lack wisdom and he/she just ask God to pour out his wisdom without doubt,it shall be given more than we ask.. Glory to God in the highest!


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