James 3:3

“Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Behold, we put bittes in the horses mouthes, that they may obey vs, and we turne about their whole body.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now if we put the horses' bridles into their mouths that they may obey us, we turn about their whole body also.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now if we put bits of iron into horses' mouths so that they may be guided by us, we have complete control of their bodies.
- Basic English Bible

Behold, we put the bits in the mouths of the horses, that they may obey us, and we turn round their whole bodies.
- Darby Bible

Behold, we put bits in the mouths of horses, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
- Webster's Bible

Remember that we put the horses' bit into their mouths to make them obey us, and so we turn their whole bodies round.
- Weymouth Bible

Indeed, we put bits into the horses' mouths so that they may obey us, and we guide their whole body.
- World English Bible

For if we putten bridlis `in to horsis mouthis, for to consente to vs, and we leden aboute al the bodi of hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

lo, the bits we put into the mouths of the horses for their obeying us, and their whole body we turn about;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 3:3


3:3 We - That is, men.


People's Bible Notes for James 3:3


Jas 3:3 We put bits in the horses' mouths. The word "bridle" (Jas 3:2) suggests a figure. The bridle bit controls the whole horse.

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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