Understanding the Scriptures
|Enmity (v. 4)||Opposed, against, hatred|
|Lusteth to envy (v. 5)||Has jealous desires|
|Nigh (v. 8)||Near|
|Heaviness (v. 9)||Sadness, sorrow|
|Vapour (v. 14)||Mist|
|Sabaoth (v. 4)||Hosts, multitudes|
|Wanton (v. 5)||Wasteful in luxurious living|
|Husbandman (v. 7)||Gardener, farmer|
|Grudge (v. 9)||Grumble, complain|
|Effectual (v. 16)||Effective, influential|
|Fervent (v. 16)||Intense, sincere|
Studying the Scriptures
Do the following activities as you study James 4–5.
Write a Prescription
Imagine you are a doctor. Read James 4:1–4 and identify four symptoms people have who suffer from the disease known as “friendship of the world.” Now that you have diagnosed the spiritual disease, read James 4:7–12 and write a prescription that would help people overcome their “friendship of the world” and become healed as a friend of God.
Describe a Priesthood Blessing
Elder Neal A. Maxwell told the following story:
“I first felt the witness of the Spirit in my life around the time my sister was ill. She lay dying of whooping cough, six weeks old. I’d been about 14-years-old. I was a grease monkey [mechanic] at a Greyhound Bus Depot. I came home at three in the morning, saw the lights on. I knew she was ill and said to myself, ‘This is big trouble.’ And when I got inside, she was laying on the round dining room table and had stopped breathing.
“Antibiotics were not available. I watched my father, after the manner of the New Testament, bless her by the power of the priesthood, and I saw her begin to breathe again. I knew then the power of the priesthood was real” (“PBS Interview Studies Effect of God in Life,” Church News, 31 Aug. 1996, 4).
After reading James 5:14–16, describe what a priesthood blessing is.
Briefly write about a time in your life when you received or witnessed a priesthood blessing.