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
    BSP; YES! When someone has it in their heart to take the lead, it is a good thing; and for the honor of that place we are to hearken to them and give them double honor, for their labor in the Word. But it is also imperative that they be pure and upright men, and really know of what they speak and teach, as the Lord demands greater from those to whom more is entrusted. Matt. 23:2-3 confirms this.
  • BSP
    Verse 1 shows that those men who are taking the lead have a greater responsibility before Jehovah God.
  • A disciple
    The Jews' "religion" is not of God! They are the descendant of those who slew the Heir, and seized control of God's vineyard for themselves; (Matthew 21:38; Mark 12:7; Luke 20:14). They are Israel's Rulers which CAUSE THEM TO ERR; for they themselves do not enter the kingdom of God, and they forbid and hinder everyone who does. They do not submit to God, are contrary to all, and do not please Him!
  • Insight777
    V12, Jesus taught James that 2 religions can not be 1 religion. Judaism does not morph into Christianity. They are completely different religions, defining God in completely different ways.
    The Jews will always fight. They will fight believing, regardless of what pain and suffering they cause, they are directed by God. If that was truth no one would know the name of Jesus.
  • Pam Davidson
    And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity
  • A disciple
    Charles; I appreciate reading your post. Humility is always honest, and for us to wait on the Lord for His direction as to our service; this is great understanding. In Hebrews 11, the part where Paul talks about Moses; its interesting how Moses apparently had already some idea that God was going to use him to deliver Israel from Egypt; and he was called by God, the meekest of men: and he waited!

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