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

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

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

  • 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 .
  • Evangelist Dahlia Daniels
    Don't try to use verse 8 to justify your wrong doing this is not Christian Humble yourself and be ye Patients and don't be so quick to say things when angry always think about who you are suppose to be Representing at all times Practice makes Perfectness don't let people tell you it can't be done because it can of you Really Want It
  • Ricky Termain
    Awesome Chapter especially chapter 3verse3 awesome..
  • BSP
    Even though the tongue is such a small member of the human body, we can not tame it. We are all imperfect and so we will all say imperfect things. We must work hard to try and control our tongue the best we can.

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