Thursday, December 1, 2011

James 2:6-7, But ye have despised the poor.

But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? NKJV

But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? KJV
Interestingly the original word here translated as “the poor” according to Mickelson's Enhanced Strong's Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries in the King James Version is “Ptochos”* and the original word for “rich men”, “Plousios”**. I could be mistaken, but it seems to me that based on their definitions James is not talking about 'those who have comparatively more and less than each other', but rather literally 'those who do not have' and 'those who have a great deal'.

I am going to focus my efforts in reading on “The Treasure Principle” and look for ways to bless those who have need.

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* G4434 πτωχός ptochos (pto-khos') adj.
1. a beggar (as cringing), a pauper
2. (figuratively) distressed
3. (literally, as a noun) strictly denoting absolute or public dependency on charity
{also used in a qualified or relative sense; whereas G3993 properly means only financial distress in private}
[from ptosso "to crouch", akin to G4422 and the alternate of G4098]
KJV: beggar(-ly), poor

** G4145 πλούσιος plousios (plou'-see-os) adj.
1. wealthy
2. (figuratively) abounding with
[from G4149]
KJV: rich

I pray
to God
that He brings
my heart
to want
what He wants
for the reasons
He wants it.

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