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

  • Raja
    praise a lord god always help me and always always
  • Immy purity
    faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see. faith makes us know that we can have it. we certainly must have it
  • Amala C
    It is very true that God will not forsake those who WAIT ON HIM the waiting time is the most important time. we need to seek His face continually. His grace willl help us to stand firm.
  • Marivic Marin
    When I was a new Christian God gave me a verse about faith word was empty to me at that time bec. I didnt understand as the spirit of God teaches me through my experience my circumstances, i started to grow in His word Faith not my own understanding but through Him. I never even realise that this is my weapon for all circumtances, situations I am going to face and He will be with me in it, He will never leave me nor forsake me through His word and I have faith in Him. His word become in my flesh. I walk by faith and not by sight. To God be the glory
  • Glenn
    I should read Jesus every morning, in this world of so many temptations I struggle so hard with my mind and feel I am a vessel of wrath, a let now to the Lord, not worthy of even picking up his word, but I keep waiting for mental stamina, and will I guess until I have passed. I will pray today not just for me, but for every one who can't get it right.
  • Jannette
    Reading this today spoke to my heart. I want to be a doer of the word not just a hearer but temptation does pull you into criticizing others instead of treating them as God has treated us with kindness, nonjudgmental and graceful. Thank you God for these words of encouragement and guidance written by James. Blessed be your name.

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