This article deals primarily with the examination of two key and exegetically demanding
expressions in the text of the General Epistle of James, which relate to fundamental biblical
principles on planning the future of the believer and reconciling human life with God’s
will expressed in Holy Scripture. The first one is the hapax legomenon Ἄγε νῦν, the
significance of which is closely related to updating of the affected principles with practice.
The second term is ποιήσομεν, which, in most translations, translates as ‘remain’ and does
not reflect the core idea of the examined verse. We prove that a more authentic and
appropriate translation is ‘work’. Our aim was to find out what new interpretive
possibilities the original biblical text offers. The constitutive starting point for research is
Novum Testamentum Graecum – Editio Critica Maior. We then compared these texts with
the Slovak Ecumenical Bible. The method of our exegetical work was not primarily
comparison, but a linguistic analysis and historical-critical exegesis, the result of which is
a completely new proposal for the translation of the scrutinised texts. Auxiliary materials
were the most important patristic and exegetical commentaries. In conclusion, we state
that the analysis made it possible to find a new translation of the researched text, which
can really contribute to the improvement of further review and publication of the
ecumenical translation of the Bible into various languages.
CONTRIBUTION : The article examines the source Greek biblical text of James 4:13–15 and reveals
a new interpretation of it. This interpretation brings a new, biblical light into the field of
planning, which is one of the most current topics nowadays. With its content and especially its
conclusions, it contributes to the goals of this theological journal, the subject of which is also
the research of Greek biblical manuscripts.
Special Collection: Faith Seeking Understanding, sub-edited by Seyed Mehdi Mousavi (Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran) and
the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Theology and Religion of the University of Pretoria.