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 3:3

  • Melinda Gresham for verse 3
    The bits in horses mouth cause pressure to sensitive mouth of the horse The pressure cause the horse to obey and can direct guide the body even to turn around if that s what the rider wants the horse to do However man does not have a small bit in his mouth controlled by God or anyone else but God created man a speaking spirit with his own will to make his choices in speech speaking with the tongue The words can speak life and or death to situations from the same small tongue and can come from the same all speaking spirits Summary The small bit s in the horses mouth is are directed by the rider and controls the horses bodily action while the small tongue in the mouth of man is directed by his own will and is sometimes uncontrollable The horses bit is a controller while the small tongue of man is uncontrollable

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