Fire, Or Fruit Of The Tongue

Psa 15:1  A Psalm of David. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

Psa 15:2  He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

Psa 15:3  He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

Psa 24:3  Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

Psa 24:4  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Psa 24:5  He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.


And a pure heart - Not merely the one whose external conduct is upright, but whose heart is pure. The great principle is here stated which enters always into true religion, that it does not consist in outward conformity to law, or to the mere performance of rites and ceremonies, or to external morality, but that it controls the heart, and produces purity of motive and of thought.

Or to one who had not embraced that which is false and vain in opinion; or to one who had not sworn falsely, or taken the name of God in vain,

He has sought after substantial truth, alike in the object of worship, in that which he professes to believe, and in the statements and promises which he makes to others. He aims to secure that which is true and real. He is in no sense “carried away” with that which is unreal and false.

He is a sincere man; a man seeking after the true and the real, and not running after shadows and falsehood; a man true to God and to his fellow-creatures; a man whose statements are in accordance with facts, and whose promises may be always relied on.

Psa 15:3  He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

He that backbiteth not with his tongue - The word “backbite” means to censure; slander; reproach; speak evil of.

Reproach Hebrew:

From H2778; contumely, disgrace, the pudenda: - rebuke, reproach (-fully), shame.

A primitive root; to pull off, that is, (by implication) to expose (as by stripping); specifically to betroth (as if a surrender); figuratively to carp at, that is, defame; denominatively (from H2779) to spend the winter: - betroth, blaspheme, defy, jeopard, rail, reproach, upbraid.

Jas 3:9  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

Jas 3:10  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Jas 3:11  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

Jas 3:12  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. ( we know a tree by it’s fruit )

Jas 3:13  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

Jas 3:14  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

Jas 3:15  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Jas 3:16  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Note: Our lord is not a God of confusion, but peace, the author of confusion is the flesh and the Devil, or when the lord is judging a person or nation, and causes them to be in confusion

Jas 3:17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Jas 3:18  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.


James 3:14

if ye have — as is the case (this is implied in the Greek indicative).

Bitter — Eph_4:31, “bitterness.”

Envying — rather, “emulation,” or literally, “zeal”: kindly, generous emulation, or zeal, is not condemned, but that which is “bitter” [Bengel].
strife — rather, “rivalry.”

In your hearts — from which flow your words and deeds, as from a fountain.

Glory not, and lie not against the truth — To boast of your wisdom is virtually a lying against the truth (the gospel), while your lives belie your glorying. Jam_3:15; Jam_1:18, “The word of truth.” Rom_2:17, Rom_2:23, speaks similarly of the same contentious Jewish Christians.

James 3:15

This wisdom — in which ye “glory,” as if ye were “wise” (Jam_3:13, Jam_3:14).

descendeth not from above — literally, “is not one descending,” etc.: “from the Father of lights” (true illumination and wisdom), Jam_1:17; through “the Spirit of truth,” Joh_15:26.

earthly — opposed to heavenly. Distinct from “earthy,” 1Co_15:47. Earthly is what is IN the earth; earthy, what is of the earth.

sensual — literally, “animal-like”: the wisdom of the “natural” (the same Greek) man, not born again of God; “not having the Spirit” (Jud_1:19).

devilish — in its origin (from “hell,” Jam_3:6; not from God, the Giver of true wisdom, Jam_1:5), and also in its character, which accords with its origin. Earthly, sensual, and devilish, answer to the three spiritual foes of man, the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Wesley, on vrs. 15

James 3:15
This wisdom - Which is consistent with such zeal. Is earthly - Not heavenly; not from the Father of Lights. Animal - Not spiritual; not from the Spirit of God. Devilish - Not the gift of Christ, but such as Satan breathes into the soul.

The opposite of this speaking evil of your brother or sister in the faith and yet blessing the lord with your mouth, tongue,

Jas 3:17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Jas 3:18  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

This is very much like Gal ch 5 the fruit of the spirit, and the works of the flesh.

Wisdom that is from above, from the lord himself is pure, blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. We must have a pure heart if we want to see the lord, in heaven and here on earth by revelation, prayer and clear illumination of the word.

Our tongues should speak peace, Gentle, and easy to be approached by another. I Cor 13, love takes no inventory of wrongs done to it.
We are to be full of mercy as our lord is merciful to us.

Vs 18 says, the FRUIT of righteousness is sown  in peace, to them that seek peace.

We must be seekers of being at peace with our fellow man. The word says, live at peace with all man, as much lies possible to you. Try and try again, if offended forgive 70 times 7, be merciful, loving, kind, fruitful, we are to be Christ like in dealing with others, if we want the presence of Christ in our life's

Who can dwell in the presence of the lord? Those with pure hands and clean hearts.

We all sin, make mistakes, say things we should not, but we also should be convicted when we do, repent full hearted and if need be go and make peace with that person, we serve a God of Peace, a God of Love, it's all fruit.

How we interact with man and how we speak and think has a lot to do with how near we are o the presence of our lord, the secret place, the presence that is abiding and waiting.

Sins of the tongue, is all over the bible. In the word we learn how we are to respond to the lord, and how we are to act, respond to other humans. We do so correctly when we do it as the lord did, mercy, peace, love, forgiveness, blessing not cursing, and pure.

We should have clean hands and a pure heart, but do we always, no, not me and not you, does the flesh ever get the best of me, yes a thousand times yes, but we have access to the holy of holies by the blood of Jesus to get clean, as David said, create in me a clean heart O lord and renew a RIGHT spirit within me.

Having a right spirit is important, as James brought out, when our flesh, our mouth takes over we are not in the right spirit, it is the spirit of Devils, that is serious stuff.

 Why do we bless the lord with our mouth and than with our same mouth reproach, speak evil, curse, speak condemnation to others, this should not be, and if James said this should not be, that means we can learn to be in a place where it is no longer controlling us, our flesh or tongue, a slip up yes, but not in control of us.

If we want the blessing and presence of the lord we must heed these bible verses and understand it takes time, and it takes a willing heart and a humble spirit.