James and Proverbs

In reading through Proverbs many times before studying it, I could think of some verses and passages in James that I’m familiar with that are very similar. After studying Proverbs and reading James, I was able to come up with more parallels. I’m not sure why I did this or if it will be helpful to anyone. It made me think anyway. Once I started, I kept it going. Maybe some headings or subjects would make it more helpful. I would guess I caught maybe 50% of the parallels.

James 1:5
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

Proverbs 2:3
Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.

Proverbs 2:6
For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

James 1:9-10
Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. 10 And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field.

Proverbs 28:11
Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.

James 1:19-20
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

Proverbs 15:28
The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.

Proverbs 16:32
Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

Proverbs 18:13
Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.

Proverbs 29:20
There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.

James 1:26
If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.

Proverbs 13:3
Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.

James 2:1-4
My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? 2 For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. 3 If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”– well, 4 doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?

Proverbs 22:22
Don’t rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court.

Proverbs 28:11
Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.

Proverbs 31:20
She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.

James 2:14
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?

Proverbs 20:6
Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?

James 3:5
In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.

Proverbs 26:28
A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin.

James 4:17
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

Proverbs 20:13
If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!

James 4:11
Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you.

Proverbs 11:12
It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbor; a sensible person keeps quiet.

James 4:13-15
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog– it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

Proverbs 16:8
Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.

Proverbs 20:24
The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?

Proverbs 27:1
Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. A good man’s prayer is very powerful and effective.

Proverbs 28:13
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifices of the wicked are abominable to the Lord, but the prayers of the upright win his favour.

Proverbs 15:29
The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.

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