James 3:3

“Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Behold, we put bittes in the horses mouthes, that they may obey vs, and we turne about their whole body.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now if we put the horses' bridles into their mouths that they may obey us, we turn about their whole body also.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now if we put bits of iron into horses' mouths so that they may be guided by us, we have complete control of their bodies.
- Basic English Bible

Behold, we put the bits in the mouths of the horses, that they may obey us, and we turn round their whole bodies.
- Darby Bible

Behold, we put bits in the mouths of horses, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
- Webster's Bible

Remember that we put the horses' bit into their mouths to make them obey us, and so we turn their whole bodies round.
- Weymouth Bible

Indeed, we put bits into the horses' mouths so that they may obey us, and we guide their whole body.
- World English Bible

For if we putten bridlis `in to horsis mouthis, for to consente to vs, and we leden aboute al the bodi of hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

lo, the bits we put into the mouths of the horses for their obeying us, and their whole body we turn about;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 3:3


3:3 We - That is, men.


People's Bible Notes for James 3:3


Jas 3:3 We put bits in the horses' mouths. The word "bridle" (Jas 3:2) suggests a figure. The bridle bit controls the whole horse.

Discussion for James 3

  • JoAnn Hutcherson
    This chapter, James 3, speaks volumes. Unless lead by the Spirit, it is best to keep still and watch with prayer. In today's world, it's very easy to become enemies; however, the Word says, " Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" It hurts to know you can go so long 'thinking' you have something special, and don't. If we never understand LOVE, we are yet deceived.
  • David Delp
    I Love the Lord so much and I try and pray so hard to do what's right but this big mouth of mine sure gets me back down on them knees real fast. David Delp

  • 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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