James 1:21

“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore lay apart all filthinesse, and superfluitie of naughtinesse, & receiue with meeknesse the engrafted word, which is able to saue your soules.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and {all} that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wherefore putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For this reason, putting away all dirty behaviour and the overweight of evil, take into your souls without pride the word which, being planted there, is able to give you salvation.
- Basic English Bible

Wherefore, laying aside all filthiness and abounding of wickedness, accept with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
- Darby Bible

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
- Webster's Bible

Ridding yourselves, therefore, of all that is vile and of the evil influences which prevail around you, welcome in a humble spirit the Message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
- World English Bible

For which thing caste ye awei al vnclennesse, and plentee of malice, and in myldenesse resseyue ye the word that is plauntid, that may saue youre soulis.
- Wycliffe Bible

wherefore having put aside all filthiness and superabundance of evil, in meekness be receiving the engrafted word, that is able to save your souls;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 1:21


1:21 Therefore laying aside - As a dirty garment. All the filthiness and superfluity of wickedness - For however specious or necessary it may appear to worldly wisdom, all wickedness is both vile, hateful, contemptible, and really superfluous. Every reasonable end may be effectually answered without any kind or degree of it. Lay this, every known sin, aside, or all your hearing is vain. With meekness - Constant evenness and serenity of mind. Receive - Into your ears, your heart, your life. The word - Of the gospel. Ingrafted - In believers, by regeneration, #Jas 1:18 and by habit|, #Heb 5:14|. Which is able to save your souls - The hope of salvation nourishes meekness.


People's Bible Notes for James 1:21


Jas 1:21 Lay apart all filthiness. Every impurity of life. And superfluity of naughtiness. "Overflowing of wickedness" (Revised Version). Wrath would cause such an overflow. Receive with meekness the engrafted word. The word of God planted in your hearts.

Discussion for James 1

  • Ronald Beal
    Temptation comes from within- we are drawn away, (from the provision of God) when we seek to obtain in our own strength. Lusting is not the temptation to break the Law; Leaving the provision/ power of God and attempting to obtain in our own strength, i.e., Sin. The provision by God is called Faith, all that is not of Faith is Sin, period. Follow "Faith" through the scriptures for confirmation.
  • Bruce
    Temptation is not persecution! Temptation comes from within:V-15.
    Persecution comes from outside Matthew5:10-12,V-11Blessed are ye, when men Shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely---.We are Salt and the only Light the world will see Matthew5:13-16.
    Our Savior is the only one coming to town.He has a list of good and bad. Revelations 20.15
  • Lynn
    Count it all joy . . . Every temptation is persecution from the adversary. Satan's goal is to bury the word in the confusion of living. However rejoicing in temptation allow us to remember the word to perform it in the temptation.
  • Angela
    I think verses 12 -15gives a clear explanation about how we fall into temptations. When we leave our fist Love and steer away from the Lord ,the devil is allowed to temped us and the lust of the flesh is weak and we fall and separate ourself from our lord. Spiritually we have a hard time getting back to the Lord because of the consequences of our actions. There is a hope though repenance .
  • Norm
    For God made not death: neither hath he pleasure in the destruction of the living. For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
  • Mbugua
    Comment*James 1:19 The verse does not demand silence, but rather it encourages caution, teaching the continous discipline of the tongue. Speaking is to be economical, using few words and appropriate. Talebearing is to be strictly avoided because it wounds and tears down. Nothing is as effective in building a relationship as is speaking and hearing to one another

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