James 3:16

“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For where enuying and strife is, there is confusion, and euery euill worke.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For where jealousy and faction are, there is confusion and every vile deed.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For where envy is, and the desire to get the better of others, there is no order, but every sort of evil-doing.
- Basic English Bible

For where emulation and strife [are], there [is] disorder and every evil thing.
- Darby Bible

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
- Webster's Bible

For where envy and rivalry are, there also are unrest and every vile deed.
- Weymouth Bible

For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed.
- World English Bible

For where is enuye and strijf, there is vnstidfastnesse and al schrewid werk.
- Wycliffe Bible

for where zeal and rivalry [are], there is insurrection and every evil matter;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for James 3:16

Jas 3:16 For where envying and strife [is], etc. Where these exist in the heart, every evil work will follow.

Discussion for James 3

  • Bruce
    Rev.Miller: This man is not Christian. for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. The tree is known by their fruit. Matthew12:33-34. V 37: for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words Thou shalt be condemned. Called: John6: 44; forgiving 1John1:9; Baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire Matthew 3:11. "You will know"! Impossible not to know! 2Corinthians 5:17.
  • Rev Franklin Miller
    Please, readers, doe NOT use verse 8 as as a scripture that allows you to use foul language. As a minister, I've heard this verse used to justify a fellow Christian man who cursed quite frequently. Try and explain this reasoning to the Lord when you meet Him on Judgement Day. Better get it right down here because you won't have the chance up there. Merry Christmas and a safe prosperous New Year!!!
  • Gregory
    It is very true that the tongue can destroy a body. We must strive to ensure that what we speak edifies the hearer and shows God's glory in us. As such, the speaker will be blessed as a beacon of light.
  • JM
    James 3 is a reminder for all of us children of God on how we should use our tounge. Sometimes we hurt people not with actions but with words. Word is more painful than action. This chapter also gives us idea if the knowledge that we have is from obove or from evil one. This is veer crucial in making decission in life, family, community, and in church.. God bless us all
  • John-Baptist Yennah for verse 2
    We are to realize that words are powerful, they are seeds sown in the hearts and minds of the hearer they can make or destroy the recipient.Therefore if our words edifices or minister grace to the hearer then we are walking in maturity.
  • Brianna for verse 17
    Wisdom is the application of knowledge. If we possess the wisdom Of God then these are some of the qualities that should be ready be seen in us By others. Our association is pure, we are reasonable in our dealings, we pursue peace with others, and we are merciful In actions to assist others.

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