James 3:16

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For where enuying and strife is, there is confusion, and euery euill worke.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For where jealousy and faction are, there is confusion and every vile deed.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For where envy is, and the desire to get the better of others, there is no order, but every sort of evil-doing.
- Basic English Bible

For where emulation and strife [are], there [is] disorder and every evil thing.
- Darby Bible

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
- Webster's Bible

For where envy and rivalry are, there also are unrest and every vile deed.
- Weymouth Bible

For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed.
- World English Bible

For where is enuye and strijf, there is vnstidfastnesse and al schrewid werk.
- Wycliffe Bible

for where zeal and rivalry [are], there is insurrection and every evil matter;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for James 3:16


Jas 3:16 For where envying and strife [is], etc. Where these exist in the heart, every evil work will follow.

Discussion for James 3

  • A disciple
    Jean (cont.); Better to take the low place, and let the LORD exalt you if and when He sees fit to do so, FOR HIS OWN PURPOSES AND GLORY! In the following verses is expounded to us how and why that is. We need to be brought under subjection and obedience, like a ship by its rudder, and a horse by the bit in its mouth. The uncontrolled tongue has power, and shows how undisciplined we really are.
  • A disciple
    Jean; "My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation." Jesus said that whoever of us wishes to be great, let him be servant of all; just as He Himself came, not to be served, but to serve. By taking a place of leadership among the Saints there comes the demand of God with it to be an example of the things with which you teach and lead others.
  • Jean
    What does James 3:1 mean?


  • BSP
    Verse 16: Jealousy and contentiousness give way to terrible acts and attitudes. We must guard against such traits.
  • Child of God
    Love the book of James.
  • Kim
    I have been struggling with controlling my tongue so much lately...my living situation is such that for now I am forced to live in close proximity to a couple of unbelievers and I repent and do it again...and its true...it causes so much strife and damage for such a small member...lights huge fires like these verses describe...but praise the Lord I am truly grateful for His chastisement...we learn

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