James 3:9

“Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Therewith blesse wee God, euen the Father: and therewith curse wee men, which are made after the similitude of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

With it we bless {our} Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Therewith bless we the Lord and Father; and therewith curse we men, who are made after the likeness of God:
- American Standard Version (1901)

With it we give praise to our Lord and Father; and with it we put a curse on men who are made in God's image.
- Basic English Bible

Therewith bless we the Lord and Father, and therewith curse we men made after [the] likeness of God.
- Darby Bible

With this we bless God, even the Father; and with this we curse men, who are made after the similitude of God.
- Webster's Bible

With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in God's likeness.
- Weymouth Bible

With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the image of God.
- World English Bible

In it we blessen God, the fadir, and in it we cursen men, that ben maad to the licnesse of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

with it we do bless the God and Father, and with it we do curse the men made according to the similitude of God;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 3:9


3:9 Men made after the likeness of God - Indeed we have now lost this likeness; yet there remains from thence an indelible nobleness, which we ought to reverence both in ourselves and others.


People's Bible Notes for James 3:9


Jas 3:9 Therewith bless we God . . . [and] curse we men. Its opposite uses are shown. We use it to pray and to bless God, and, sometimes, the same tongue will be used to curse his creatures. James rebuked evils that he had observed.

Discussion for James 3:9

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