James 3:8

“But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But the tongue can no man tame, it is an vnruly euill, ful of deadly poyson.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But no one can tame the tongue; {it is} a restless evil {and} full of deadly poison.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But the tongue can no man tame; `it is' a restless evil, `it is' full of deadly poison.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But the tongue may not be controlled by man; it is an unresting evil, it is full of the poison of death.
- Basic English Bible

but the tongue can no one among men tame; [it is] an unsettled evil, full of death-bringing poison.
- Darby Bible

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
- Webster's Bible

But the tongue no man or woman is able to tame. It is an ever-busy mischief, and is full of deadly poison.
- Weymouth Bible

But nobody can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
- World English Bible

for it is an vnpesible yuel, and ful of deedli venym.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the tongue no one of men is able to subdue, [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 3:8


3:8 But no man can tame the tongue - Of another; no, nor his own, without peculiar help from God.


People's Bible Notes for James 3:8


Jas 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame. Man has never tamed this organ as a whole. Some may have ruled their own, but the organ itself still does its evil work in the world. [It is] an unruly evil. Not only an evil, but unruly. Generally used. Full of deadly poison. Often charged with malice, envy, anger, slander, etc.

Discussion for James 3

  • Dessie
    Words truly can hurt people to the point were they will leave the church that's why we have to be very careful of what we say out of our mouth because say things that empower ,
  • Yolanda
    I am learning to really slow down and think before I say a lot of things for my tongue really is unruly.please be praying for me in this area
  • 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

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