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

  • 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.
  • Irene123
    The tongue can no MAN tame - but the Lord Jesus can -IF one follows Acts 2:38 and allows the Holy Ghost (spirit of Jesus) to live in us. THAT'S where true Christians get their power. And not hanging around old sinner friends, but PRAYING for them and letting them feel His love in you in witnessing to them.
  • Bruce
    Rev.Miller: This man is not Christian. for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. The tree is known by their fruit. Matthew12:33-34. V 37: for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words Thou shalt be condemned. Called: John6: 44; forgiving 1John1:9; Baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire Matthew 3:11. "You will know"! Impossible not to know! 2Corinthians 5:17.
  • Rev Franklin Miller
    Please, readers, doe NOT use verse 8 as as a scripture that allows you to use foul language. As a minister, I've heard this verse used to justify a fellow Christian man who cursed quite frequently. Try and explain this reasoning to the Lord when you meet Him on Judgement Day. Better get it right down here because you won't have the chance up there. Merry Christmas and a safe prosperous New Year!!!
  • Gregory
    It is very true that the tongue can destroy a body. We must strive to ensure that what we speak edifies the hearer and shows God's glory in us. As such, the speaker will be blessed as a beacon of light.

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