James 3:5

“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Euen so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things: behold, how great a matter a litle fire kindleth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and {yet} it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So the tongue also is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how much wood is kindled by how small a fire!
- American Standard Version (1901)

Even so the tongue is a small part of the body, but it takes credit for great things. How much wood may be lighted by a very little fire!
- Basic English Bible

Thus also the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. See how little a fire, how large a wood it kindles!
- Darby Bible

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
- Webster's Bible

In the same way the tongue is an insignificant part of the body, but it is immensely boastful. Remember how a mere spark may set a vast forest in flames.
- Weymouth Bible

So the tongue is also a little member, and boasts great things. See how a small fire can spread to a large forest!
- World English Bible

So also the tunge is but a litil membre, and reisith grete thingis. Lo! hou litil fier brenneth a ful greet wode.
- Wycliffe Bible

so also the tongue is a little member, and doth boast greatly; lo, a little fire how much wood it doth kindle!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 3:5


3:5 Boasteth great things - Hath great influence.


People's Bible Notes for James 3:5


Jas 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member. Though so small it can control the body like a bridle, or the helm of a ship. It is a power. And boasteth great things. Claims great powers. Behold how great a matter a little fire kindleth! As a spark may burn a house, a little thing like the tongue may stir up great trouble.

Discussion for James 3

  • Steve morrow
    JAMES 3:1 MY BRETHREN BE NOT MANY MASTERS KNOWING THAT WE SHALL RECEIVE THE GREATER CONDEMNATION ACTS 3:26 UNTO YOU FIRST GOD HAVING RAISED UP HIS SON JESUS --SENT HIM--TO BLESS YOU IN TURNING EVERYONE OF YOU FROM HIS INIQUITIES MATTHEW 22:37 JESUS SAID UNTO HIM THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY SOUL AND WITH ALL THY MIND JOHN 14:15 IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS
  • 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.

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