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James 4:6 - God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble

NIV But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
"God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble."
KJV But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
NASBBut He gives a greater grace Therefore it says, "GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE."
James 4:6


The only ray of hope in man's spiritual darkness is the sovereign grace of God, which alone can rescue man from his propensity to lust for evil things. That God gives "more grace" shows that His grace is greater than the power of sin, the flesh, the world, and Satan (cf. Rom. 5:20). The OT quote (from Prov. 3:34; cf. 1 Pet. 5:5) reveals who obtains God's grace-the humble, not the proud enemies of God. The word "humble" does not define a special class of Christians, but encompasses all believers (cf. Is. 57:15; 66:2; Matt. 18:3,4).

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Jas 4:6). Nashville: Word Pub.

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