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James 1:9

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position;
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— But let the brother of low degree glory in his high estate:
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But let the brother of low degree glory in his high estate:
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But let the brother of low degree glory in his elevation,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But boasting be the lowly brother in his uplifting;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And let the brother who is low rejoice in his exaltation,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But let the brother of low condition glory in his exaltation:
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— Let the brother of lowe degree reioyce in that he is exalted:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Let the brother of low degree, reioyce in that he is exalted:
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— Let the brother who is humble rejoice because he is exalted.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But let the humble brother glory in his exaltation,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And let the depressed brother rejoice, in his elevation;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
Let y2744
[2744] Standard
From some (obsolete) base akin to that of αὐχέω [[aucheo]] (to boast) and G2172; to vaunt (in a good or a bad sense).
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
brother 80
{0080} Prime
From G0001 (as a connective particle) and δελφύς [[delphus]] (the womb); a brother (literally or figuratively) near or remote (much like [H0001]).
of low degree 5011
{5011} Prime
Of uncertain derivation; depressed, that is, (figuratively) humiliated (in circumstances or disposition).
rejoice 2744
{2744} Prime
From some (obsolete) base akin to that of αὐχέω [[aucheo]] (to boast) and G2172; to vaunt (in a good or a bad sense).
<5737> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 152
in 1722
{1722} Prime
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
that he y846
[0846] Standard
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
(0848) Complement
Contraction for G1438; self (in some oblique case or reflexive relation).
is exalted: 5311
{5311} Prime
From a derivative of G5228; elevation, that is, (abstractly) altitude, (specifically) the sky, or (figuratively) dignity.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

James 1:9-10

_ _ Translate, “But let the brother,” etc. that is, the best remedy against double-mindedness is that Christian simplicity of spirit whereby the “brother,” low in outward circumstances, may “rejoice” (answering to James 1:2) “in that he is exalted,” namely, by being accounted a son and heir of God, his very sufferings being a pledge of his coming glory and crown (James 1:12), and the rich may rejoice “in that he is made low,” by being stripped of his goods for Christ’s sake [Menochius]; or in that he is made, by sanctified trials, lowly in spirit, which is true matter for rejoicing [Gomarus]. The design of the Epistle is to reduce all things to an equable footing (James 2:1; James 5:13). The “low,” rather than the “rich,” is here called “the brother” [Bengel].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on James 1:2-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

James 1:9

Let the brother — St James does not give this appellation to the rich. Of low degree — Poor and tempted. Rejoice — The most effectual remedy against doublemindedness. In that he is exalted — To be a child of God, and an heir of glory.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

James 1:9

(7) Let the brother of (h) low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

(7) He returns to his purpose repeating the proposition, which is, that we must rejoice in affliction, for it does not oppress us, but exalt us.

(h) Who is afflicted with poverty, or contempt, or with any kind of calamity.

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the brother:

James 2:5-6 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? ... But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
Deuteronomy 15:7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:
Deuteronomy 15:9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.
Deuteronomy 15:11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
Psalms 62:9 Surely men of low degree [are] vanity, [and] men of high degree [are] a lie: to be laid in the balance, they [are] altogether [lighter] than vanity.
Proverbs 17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
Proverbs 19:1 Better [is] the poor that walketh in his integrity, than [he that is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Luke 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from [their] seats, and exalted them of low degree.

or, glory,
Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise [man] glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty [man] glory in his might, let not the rich [man] glory in his riches: ... But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the LORD.
Romans 5:2-3 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. ... And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.


James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
1 Samuel 2:8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, [and] lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set [them] among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth [are] the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them.
Psalms 113:7-8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, [and] lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; ... That he may set [him] with princes, [even] with the princes of his people.
Luke 9:48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.
Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.
2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and [yet] possessing all things.
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. ... And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan.
Revelation 5:9-10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; ... And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Revelation 7:9-10 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; ... And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
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Dt 15:7, 9, 11. 1S 2:8. Ps 62:9; 113:7. Pv 17:5; 19:1. Jr 9:23. Lk 1:52; 9:48; 10:20. Ro 5:2; 8:17. 2Co 6:10. Php 3:3, 14. Jm 2:5. 1P 2:9. 1Jn 3:1. Rv 2:9; 5:9; 7:9.

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