James 3:8

“But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for James 3:8

But the tongue can no man tame, it is an vnruly euill, ful of deadly poyson.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But no one can tame the tongue; {it is} a restless evil {and} full of deadly poison.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But the tongue can no man tame; `it is' a restless evil, `it is' full of deadly poison.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But the tongue may not be controlled by man; it is an unresting evil, it is full of the poison of death.
- Basic English Bible

but the tongue can no one among men tame; [it is] an unsettled evil, full of death-bringing poison.
- Darby Bible

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
- Webster's Bible

But the tongue no man or woman is able to tame. It is an ever-busy mischief, and is full of deadly poison.
- Weymouth Bible

But nobody can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
- World English Bible

for it is an vnpesible yuel, and ful of deedli venym.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the tongue no one of men is able to subdue, [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for James 3:8

Wesley's Notes for James 3:8

3:8 But no man can tame the tongue - Of another; no, nor his own, without peculiar help from God.

People's Bible Notes for James 3:8

Jas 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame. Man has never tamed this organ as a whole. Some may have ruled their own, but the organ itself still does its evil work in the world. [It is] an unruly evil. Not only an evil, but unruly. Generally used. Full of deadly poison. Often charged with malice, envy, anger, slander, etc.

Discussion for James 3:8

  • George Rivera on James 3:8
    James says it so well, I hardly know what to add. I have learned this scripture as I have seen myself embellishing, which is lying. And I understand Paul 's struggles against the first. The older I get and the more I read the bible, the greater my understanding. Many lives have been lost over lies. Blessed be the name of the Lord God of Heaven.
  • BSP on James 3:8
    This verse is so true. There is no one who has been able to have perfect control of his or her tongue. We all say things that we later regret or say without even thinking. This is another sad consequence of the sin tht we inherited from our ancestors Adam and Eve.
  • Suzanne on James 3:8
    There is so much truth in those words. More damage is done by thoughtless speech that can never be altered. How easy to fall into gossip or use a disparaging remark that causes pain to others. Would it not be better to try to find something good to say to really try to love one another. To really try to tame the tongue.


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