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

  • A disciple
    Charles; I appreciate reading your post. Humility is always honest, and for us to wait on the Lord for His direction as to our service; this is great understanding. In Hebrews 11, the part where Paul talks about Moses; its interesting how Moses apparently had already some idea that God was going to use him to deliver Israel from Egypt; and he was called by God, the meekest of men: and he waited!
  • 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 .

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