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

  • Tamar
    Amen the tongue can do two things it can save or it can destroy James said with the tongue we bless God then curse men sometimes with our tongue we say things we ought not to say that can hurt someone but when you have wisdom you are gonna think before you speak so with that being sad we must allow the holyghost to lead us and guide us so we don't fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
  • 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.
  • Pam Davidson
    And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity

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