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

  • Wayne
    Abandon the laws of what?
  • Maria Sanabria
    I believed that James the Justice books are clear how we need to follow the laws. I really don't think that Jesus told us to abandon the laws.
  • Irene123
    Because the "wise as serpents" quote ISN'T a word for word EXACT quote - I pray someone doesn't jump all over me ............
  • Irene123
    Jas. 3:17 - " ... wisdom ..... is ... pure, peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." Wisdom; we all desire to be wise; "be ye therefore wise as serpents but harmless as doves; wise in our speaking, thinking; but harmless in the same.
  • Charles hendrix
    Verse 1 argues that we should NOT all try to be teachers because we are judged more harshly than others,because we are teaching. I declined leading classes in my Sunday School because I felt inadequate in my knowledge and wisdom of the word. The Tongue is a potent thing,Even well intentioned speech when not biblically informed can have disastrous consequence .
  • Evangelist Dahlia Daniels
    Don't try to use verse 8 to justify your wrong doing this is not Christian Humble yourself and be ye Patients and don't be so quick to say things when angry always think about who you are suppose to be Representing at all times Practice makes Perfectness don't let people tell you it can't be done because it can of you Really Want It

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