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

  • Jamer nix
    i think its very inspiration to me.
  • Michelle
    I was wondering where to start reading today. God brought me to the Comment Section and I found James. What a blessing to my heart.
  • Lisa
    James reminds me that we all must align our thoughts and actions with the word of God. We must awaken our inner man to the truth. It also reminds me that we have a loving father who is willing to give us wisdom to help us in our every day lives. We don't have to cary unecessary burdens.
  • Diane
    Bless the Lord all my soul, and all that is within me. The book of James help me to understand the power and faith God. Has given me and my bothers, sister's in christ. It teaches us to hold on no matter what the storm looks like. We are overcomers , if we hold on . Also to my brother Raymond Marrero i.am praying for your wife Sonia tell her this is just a test for a testimony God bles
  • Jack hughes
    Amen,God is the almighty!!
  • MockingBird
    One Good and Perfect gift from God is Jesus Christ !!! His Word : Holy Spirit : He gives to all that want Him : He will not push Himself on nobody . All other : We live in a imperfect world : Therefore any Good and Perfect gift we get in this world is from God !!!

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