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

  • Sonny
    as a new Christian, I love the book of James, I try to live my life the way he would
  • 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

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