James 1:26

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If any man among you seeme to be religious, & bridleth not his tongue, but deceiueth his owne heart, this mans religion is vaine.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his {own} heart, this man's religion is worthless.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If any man thinketh himself to be religious, while he bridleth not his tongue but deceiveth his heart, this man's religion is vain.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If a man seems to have religion and has no control over his tongue but lets himself be tricked by what is false, this man's religion is of no value.
- Basic English Bible

If any one think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his heart, this man's religion is vain.
- Darby Bible

If any man among you seemeth to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
- Webster's Bible

If a man thinks that he is scrupulously religious, although he is not curbing his tongue but is deceiving himself, his religious service is worthless.
- Weymouth Bible

If anyone among you thinks himself to be religious while he doesn't bridle his tongue, but deceives his heart, this man's religion is worthless.
- World English Bible

And if ony man gessith hym silf to be religiouse, and refreyneth not his tunge, but disseyueth his herte, the religioun of him is veyn.
- Wycliffe Bible

If any one doth think to be religious among you, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his heart, of this one vain [is] the religion;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 1:26


1:26 If any one be ever so religious - Exact in the outward offices of religion. And bridleth not his tongue - From backbiting, talebearing, evilspeaking, he only deceiveth his own heart, if he fancies he has any true religion at all.


People's Bible Notes for James 1:26


Jas 1:26 If any . . . seemeth to be religious. He who professes religion and yet bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, does not control his tongue is deceived. Unless he has grace enough to rule the unruly member, he has not enough for salvation.

Discussion for James 1

  • Keith
    I believe that James is in a nutshell the way GOD is telling us how we as TRUE CHRISTIANS should live!!!!!!!
  • Roberts
    what James is saying to us don't blame our brothers n sisters for our mistakes, blame our self. if we start to blame our self for our sin, we will be a better person this will help us to love our brothers and sisters.
  • Rebecca
    We have to be steadfast in our faith and in our prayers because in today's world were everything is base on immediate gratification, it is very easy for us to walk away from our prayers without receiving answers. So we have to stand strong without wavering until God's promise comes true in our life.
  • Tasha
    I knw that god is showing me a better way to face the b world with knowledge and power all power tht i dnt have to go out in this world alone i can tk him wth wth me when the wrld trys to bury me alive. We all fall short we all sin God knw that thats why we have to guard our hearts. And pray and repent to god in a timly manner. God wants his best in us he wants to give to us his will for ur life.
  • Morris
    God doesn't change
  • John madden for verse 2
    Were not joyful because of the trial but because we trust the one who is in control of our trials and is sovereign over the out come we can have an attitude of joy.the joy of the lord shall be oir strength

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