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

  • Ricky Termain
    Awesome Chapter especially chapter 3verse3 awesome..
  • BSP
    Even though the tongue is such a small member of the human body, we can not tame it. We are all imperfect and so we will all say imperfect things. We must work hard to try and control our tongue the best we can.
  • Irene123
    The tongue can no MAN tame - but the Lord Jesus can -IF one follows Acts 2:38 and allows the Holy Ghost (spirit of Jesus) to live in us. THAT'S where true Christians get their power. And not hanging around old sinner friends, but PRAYING for them and letting them feel His love in you in witnessing to them.
  • Bruce
    Rev.Miller: This man is not Christian. for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. The tree is known by their fruit. Matthew12:33-34. V 37: for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words Thou shalt be condemned. Called: John6: 44; forgiving 1John1:9; Baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire Matthew 3:11. "You will know"! Impossible not to know! 2Corinthians 5:17.
  • Rev Franklin Miller
    Please, readers, doe NOT use verse 8 as as a scripture that allows you to use foul language. As a minister, I've heard this verse used to justify a fellow Christian man who cursed quite frequently. Try and explain this reasoning to the Lord when you meet Him on Judgement Day. Better get it right down here because you won't have the chance up there. Merry Christmas and a safe prosperous New Year!!!
  • Gregory
    It is very true that the tongue can destroy a body. We must strive to ensure that what we speak edifies the hearer and shows God's glory in us. As such, the speaker will be blessed as a beacon of light.

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