James 3:2

“For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For we all stumble in many {ways.} If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For in many things we all stumble. If any stumbleth not in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For we all go wrong in a number of things. If a man never makes a slip in his talk, then he is a complete man and able to keep all his body in control.
- Basic English Bible

For we all often offend. If any one offend not in word, *he* [is] a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body too.
- Darby Bible

For in many things we all offend. If any man offendeth not in word, the same is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
- Webster's Bible

For we often stumble and fall, all of us. If there is any one who never stumbles in speech, that man has reached maturity of character and is able to curb his whole nature.
- Weymouth Bible

For in many things we all stumble. If anyone doesn't stumble in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.
- World English Bible

For alle we offenden in many thingis. If ony man offendith not in word, this is a perfit man; for also he may lede aboute al the bodi with a bridil.
- Wycliffe Bible

for we all make many stumbles; if any one in word doth not stumble, this one [is] a perfect man, able to bridle also the whole body;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 3:2


3:2 The same is able to bridle the whole body - That is, the whole man. And doubtless some are able to do this, and so are in this sense perfect.


People's Bible Notes for James 3:2


Jas 3:2 For in many things we offend all. All are liable to stumble and make mistakes. These can hardly be excused in the teacher. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man. He who controls his tongue gives proof of his ability to maintain entire self control.

Discussion for James 3:2

  • John-Baptist Yennah for verse 2
    We are to realize that words are powerful, they are seeds sown in the hearts and minds of the hearer they can make or destroy the recipient.Therefore if our words edifices or minister grace to the hearer then we are walking in maturity.
  • Many teachers stumble in what they say, they would be better off not speaking than speaking and teaching errant words. 1:19 “Let every man be slow to speak and swift to hear” Discern false teachers by what they say: Wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

    On the other hand: bitter envy and self seeking is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

    Is there confusion in your home, church, job, or any activity that you are involved in? What is your contribution to that confusion? Are we part of the problem or part of the solution?

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