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1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

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

4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

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

9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

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

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

 


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Matthew Henry's James Chapter 3 Bible commentary...



Cautions against proud behaviour, and the mischief of an unruly tongue. (1-12) The excellence of heavenly wisdom, in opposition to that which is worldly. (13-18)1-12 We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. Hell has more to do in promoting the fire of the tongue than men generally think; and whenever men's tongues are employed in sinful ways, they are set on fire of hell. No man can tame the tongue without Divine grace and assistance. The apostle does not represent it as impossible, but as extremely difficult. Other sins decay with age, this many times gets worse; we grow more froward and fretful, as natural strength decays, and the days come on in which we have no pleasure. When other sins are tamed and subdued by the infirmities of age, the spirit often grows more tart, nature being drawn down to the dregs, and the words used become more passionate. That man's tongue confutes itself, which at one time pretends to adore the perfections of God, and to refer all things to him; and at another time condemns even good men, if they do not use the same words and expressions. True religion will not admit of contradictions: how many sins would be prevented, if men would always be consistent! Pious and edifying language is the genuine produce of a sanctified heart; and none who understand Christianity, expect to hear curses, lies, boastings, and revilings from a true believer's mouth, any more than they look for the fruit of one tree from another. But facts prove that more professors succeed in bridling their senses and appetites, than in duly restraining their tongues. Then, depending on Divine grace, let us take heed to bless and curse not; and let us aim to be consistent in our words and actions.

13-18 These verses show the difference between men's pretending to be wise, and their being really so. He who thinks well, or he who talks well, is not wise in the sense of the Scripture, if he does not live and act well. True wisdom may be know by the meekness of the spirit and temper. Those who live in malice, envy, and contention, live in confusion; and are liable to be provoked and hurried to any evil work. Such wisdom comes not down from above, but springs up from earthly principles, acts on earthly motives, and is intent on serving earthly purposes. Those who are lifted up with such wisdom, described by the apostle James, is near to the Christian love, described by the apostle Paul; and both are so described that every man may fully prove the reality of his attainments in them. It has no disguise or deceit. It cannot fall in with those managements the world counts wise, which are crafty and guileful; but it is sincere, and open, and steady, and uniform, and consistent with itself. May the purity, peace, gentleness, teachableness, and mercy shown in all our actions, and the fruits of righteousness abounding in our lives, prove that God has bestowed upon us this excellent gift.

 


Recent Comments for James Chapter 3...

 


Melinda Gresham's James Chapter 3 comment about verse 3 on 2/22/2014, 10:26pm...

The bits in horses mouth cause pressure to sensitive mouth of the horse The pressure cause the horse to obey and can direct guide the body even to turn around if that s what the rider wants the horse to do However man does not have a small bit in his mouth controlled by God or anyone else but God created man a speaking spirit with his own will to make his choices in speech speaking with the tongue The words can speak life and or death to situations from the same small tongue and can come from the same all speaking spirits Summary The small bit s in the horses mouth is are directed by the rider and controls the horses bodily action while the small tongue in the mouth of man is directed by his own will and is sometimes uncontrollable The horses bit is a controller while the small tongue of man is uncontrollable

 


PASTOR BLISS NYIRENDA's James Chapter 3 comment about verse 1 on 2/22/2014, 8:23am...

James 3 1 urages the teachers preachers of the word to be serious with what they are talking about seen that they are feeding the right food to the church of God see Acts 20 28 Church was purchased with His own blood God We must serve with trembling heart

 


Betty Asantewaa Arthur's James Chapter 3 comment on 1/14/2014, 1:09pm...

3:11,CAN PURE AND BITTER WATER FLOW FROM THE SAME FOUNTAIN? NO,LET THE WORDS FROM OUR MOUTHS GIVE LIFE TO PEOPLE,WE SHOULD EFFECTUATE CHANGE WITH GODLY CONVERSATION.

 


BSP's James Chapter 3 comment about verse 8 on 10/22/2013, 12:14pm...

This verse is so true. There is no one who has been able to have perfect control of his or her tongue. We all say things that we later regret or say without even thinking. This is another sad consequence of the sin tht we inherited from our ancestors Adam and Eve.

 


Ciscokid's James Chapter 3 comment on 10/09/2013, 10:54pm...

5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

The tongue can no man tame. This is why God choose tongues as evidence of receiving the Holy Ghost in Acts. To prove that ONLY God can tame the tongue.

 


Rae's James Chapter 3 comment about verse 16 on 8/13/2013, 4:23am...

I am surprised that so few ministers ever speak about the evilness of envy, emulation and rivalry in churches. It is one of the worst sins yet the least talked about. It pervades in christian circles, hence the need to address. It is very destructive and insidious.

 


Suzanne's James Chapter 3 comment about verse 8 on 8/01/2013, 5:14am...

There is so much truth in those words. More damage is done by thoughtless speech that can never be altered. How easy to fall into gossip or use a disparaging remark that causes pain to others. Would it not be better to try to find something good to say to really try to love one another. To really try to tame the tongue.

 


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