James 3:15
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New International Version
Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

New Living Translation
For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.

English Standard Version
This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Berean Study Bible
Such wisdom does not come from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Berean Literal Bible
This is not the wisdom coming down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

New American Standard Bible
This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.

King James Bible
This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

International Standard Version
That kind of wisdom does not come from above. No, it is worldly, self-centered, and demonic.

NET Bible
Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, natural, demonic.

New Heart English Bible
This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because this wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, from the thoughts of the self and from demons.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That kind of wisdom doesn't come from above. It belongs to this world. It is self-centered and demonic.

New American Standard 1977
This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.

Jubilee Bible 2000
This wisdom is not that which descends from above, but is earthly, natural, diabolical.

King James 2000 Bible
This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.

American King James Version
This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

American Standard Version
This wisdom is not a wisdom that cometh down from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this is not wisdom, descending from above: but earthly, sensual, devilish.

Darby Bible Translation
This is not the wisdom which comes down from above, but earthly, natural, devilish.

English Revised Version
This wisdom is not a wisdom that cometh down from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Webster's Bible Translation
This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, demoniacal.

Weymouth New Testament
That is not the wisdom which comes down from above: it belongs to earth, to the unspiritual nature, and to evil spirits.

World English Bible
This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic.

Young's Literal Translation
this wisdom is not descending from above, but earthly, physical, demon-like,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:13-18 These verses show the difference between men's pretending to be wise, and their being really so. He who thinks well, or he who talks well, is not wise in the sense of the Scripture, if he does not live and act well. True wisdom may be know by the meekness of the spirit and temper. Those who live in malice, envy, and contention, live in confusion; and are liable to be provoked and hurried to any evil work. Such wisdom comes not down from above, but springs up from earthly principles, acts on earthly motives, and is intent on serving earthly purposes. Those who are lifted up with such wisdom, described by the apostle James, is near to the Christian love, described by the apostle Paul; and both are so described that every man may fully prove the reality of his attainments in them. It has no disguise or deceit. It cannot fall in with those managements the world counts wise, which are crafty and guileful; but it is sincere, and open, and steady, and uniform, and consistent with itself. May the purity, peace, gentleness, teachableness, and mercy shown in all our actions, and the fruits of righteousness abounding in our lives, prove that God has bestowed upon us this excellent gift.
Study Bible
The Wisdom from Above
14But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast in it or deny the truth. 15Such wisdom does not come from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every evil practice.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 2:6
Among the mature, however, we speak a message of wisdom--but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.

1 Corinthians 2:14
The natural man does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness."

2 Corinthians 1:12
And this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in relation to you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God--not in worldly wisdom, but in the grace of God.

2 Thessalonians 2:9
The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and false wonder,

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit expressly states that in later times some will abandon the faith to follow deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons,

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, with whom there is no change or shifting shadow.

Jude 1:19
These are the ones who cause divisions, who are worldly and devoid of the Spirit.

Revelation 2:24
But I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned the so-called deep things of Satan: I will place no further burden upon you.
Treasury of Scripture

This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

wisdom.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

James 1:5,17 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but …

1 Corinthians 3:3 For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and …

Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory …

but.

2 Samuel 13:3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah …

2 Samuel 15:31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators …

2 Samuel 16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counceled in those days, …

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly …

Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely…

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

1 Corinthians 1:19,20,27 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will …

1 Corinthians 2:6,7 However, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the …

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

sensual. or, natural.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: …

devilish.

Genesis 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which …

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, you child of the …

2 Corinthians 11:3,13-15 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through …

1 John 3:8-10 He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the …

Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless …

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

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