James 3:12

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for James 3:12

Can þe figtree, my brethren, beare oliue berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountaine both yeeld salt water & fresh.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor {can} salt water produce fresh.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a vine figs? Neither `can' salt water yield sweet.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Is a fig-tree able to give us olives, my brothers, or do we get figs from a vine, or sweet water from the salt sea?
- Basic English Bible

Can, my brethren, a fig produce olives, or a vine figs? Neither [can] salt [water] make sweet water.
- Darby Bible

Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear olive-berries? or a vine, figs? so no fountain can yield both salt water and fresh.
- Webster's Bible

Can a fig-tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a vine yield figs? No; and neither can salt water yield sweet.
- Weymouth Bible

Can a fig tree, my brothers, yield olives, or a vine figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh water.
- World English Bible

My britheren, whether a fige tre may make grapis, ethir a vyne figus? So nethir salt watir mai make swete watir.
- Wycliffe Bible

is a fig-tree able, my brethren, olives to make? or a vine figs? so no fountain salt and sweet water [is able] to make.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for James 3:12

Wesley's Notes for James 3:12

3:13 Let him show his wisdom as well as his faith by his works; not by words only.

3:14 If ye have bitter zeal - True Christian zeal is only the flame of love. Even in your hearts - Though it went no farther. Do not lie against the truth - As if such zeal could consist with heavenly wisdom.

People's Bible Notes for James 3:12

Jas 3:12 Can the fig tree . . . bear olive berries? Neither does a tree bear two opposite kinds of fruits. Nor should the mouth bear blessing and cursing, good and evil.

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