James 1:20

“For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousnesse of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the righteousness of God does not come about by the wrath of man.
- Basic English Bible

for man's wrath does not work God's righteousness.
- Darby Bible

For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
- Webster's Bible

For a man's anger does not lead to action which God regards as righteous.
- Weymouth Bible

for the anger of man doesn't produce the righteousness of God.
- World English Bible

for the wraththe of man worchith not the riytwisnesse of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the wrath of a man the righteousness of God doth not work;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 1:20


1:20 The righteousness of God here includes all duties prescribed by him, and pleasing to him.


People's Bible Notes for James 1:20


Jas 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. An angry man will show forth something very different from God's righteousness.

Discussion for James 1

  • Whizzer4
    James is very clear at whose feet blame falls in temptation. People that say the devil made me do it are simply endeavoring to transfer their sin to him. Temptation can not be avoided, how ever our response to it determines whether it becomes sin. A lot of Christians give satan far too much credit when in reality We are the ones responsible for our own actions.



  • Jerry Herndon
    I like how the book of James contains to every day of our life. Not just yesterday.
  • Insight777
    V27, Stephen visited and fed the Jewish fatherless and widows that were neglected by the Jews. Pure in heart, with kindness and charity, Stephen was not only helping Christians but also those in need under the dominance of other religions. Jewish religion and Christianity are not the same religion.
  • Donna Cromb
    Verse 13: God doesn't tempt man is very clear, test yes, but tempt no. Neither does the devil make man do sin, our own desires of the flesh are what lead a person down the road to destruction, verse 14. Faith is more than saying, I believe so I am saved. It takes a deep conviction that is strong enough to change conduct befitting God and saying no to temptation of our own bodies to sin, obedience
  • Lu2677
    James 1:21"receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your souls. The "engrafted word", is all 66 books of Holy Writ. The"engrafted word" is not what some teach that there are only certain parts that pertain to salvation. I think they call it "fundamentals, and essentials doctrine" Be not deceived.
  • Geraldine cole
    U right temptation is not sin .sin come in when we desire a thing or person then we act on it .Remember when Sadan tried to Temp Jesus he did not do what Sadan wanted him to do but he did speak a word on him.letting us no we must reburk Temptation .temptations will come we must be able to ID the source And remember Jesus Dont Temp anyone so the source will be Flesh or Sadan Praise the Lord .

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