James

Arthur G. Clarke

Part 15 of 15 of the series The Epistles Analysed

INTRODUCTION,
1. Address and Salutation.
1.   ENCOURAGEMENTS IN PRESENT AFFLICTION,
1. 1-8. Patience and Prayer.
2.  EXHORTATION IN VIEW OF LIFE'S TRANSIENCE,
1. 9-11.
Comparison - Life as the Grass. Poverty and Wealth.
3.   ENTICEMENT   BY   FLESHLY    LUSTS,   1.   12-16.
Concerning Temptations.
4.  EXCELLENCE OF DIVINE GIFTS, 1. 17. 'From above'
- Perfect.
5.   EFFECTS OF GOD'S WORD,  1.  18-27. Control of the
Tongue.
6.  ETHICS  OF  TRUE   FAITH,
2. 1-26. Central Section. i. Its Equity, 2.  1-13.  Shown  by Impartiality.  Harmony with
Divine Law. (The Royal Law - Love, 8. The Mosaic Law -Liability, 9-11. The Perfect Law - Liberty, 12-13; cf. 1. 25).
ii. Its Vitality, 2. 14-26. Shown by Activity (Works). Harmony with Human Profession.
7.   EFFECTS OF MAN'S WORDS, 3. 1-12. Control of the
Tongue.
8.   EXCELLENCE   OF   DIVINE   WISDOM,   3.    13-18.
'From above' - Pure.
9.  ERUPTION OF FLESHLY LUSTS, 4. 1-5. Concerning
Contentions.
10.  EXHORTATIONS   IN  VIEW OF LIFE'S TRANSIENCE,
4.  6 to 5. 6.
Comparison - Life as a Vapour. Pride and Humility.
11.  ENCOURAGEMENTS    IN    PRESENT   AFFLICTION,
5.  7-20. Patience and Prayer.
Attention is called to the structure of this Epistle. It is a good example of inversion, an arrangement frequently found in the Scriptures, particularly in the Psalms. Paragraphs 1 to 5 are matched by para-graphs 7 to 11, but in reverse order. The central section 6 thus stands out with a kind of emphasis.