James 3:8
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New International Version
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

New Living Translation
but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.

English Standard Version
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Berean Study Bible
but no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Berean Literal Bible
but no one of men is able to subdue the tongue; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

New American Standard Bible
But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.

King James Bible
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

International Standard Version
but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison.

NET Bible
But no human being can subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

New Heart English Bible
But nobody can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the tongue no man is able to tame, this evil which is uncontrolled; It is full of deadly poison.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison.

New American Standard 1977
But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but no man can tame the tongue, which is an evil that cannot be restrained and is full of deadly poison.

King James 2000 Bible
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

American King James Version
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

American Standard Version
But the tongue can no man tame; it is a restless evil, it is full of deadly poison.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the tongue no man can tame, an unquiet evil, full of deadly poison.

Darby Bible Translation
but the tongue can no one among men tame; [it is] an unsettled evil, full of death-bringing poison.

English Revised Version
but the tongue can no man tame; it is a restless evil, it is full of deadly poison.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Weymouth New Testament
But the tongue no man or woman is able to tame. It is an ever-busy mischief, and is full of deadly poison.

World English Bible
But nobody can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Young's Literal Translation
and the tongue no one of men is able to subdue, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:1-12 We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. Hell has more to do in promoting the fire of the tongue than men generally think; and whenever men's tongues are employed in sinful ways, they are set on fire of hell. No man can tame the tongue without Divine grace and assistance. The apostle does not represent it as impossible, but as extremely difficult. Other sins decay with age, this many times gets worse; we grow more froward and fretful, as natural strength decays, and the days come on in which we have no pleasure. When other sins are tamed and subdued by the infirmities of age, the spirit often grows more tart, nature being drawn down to the dregs, and the words used become more passionate. That man's tongue confutes itself, which at one time pretends to adore the perfections of God, and to refer all things to him; and at another time condemns even good men, if they do not use the same words and expressions. True religion will not admit of contradictions: how many sins would be prevented, if men would always be consistent! Pious and edifying language is the genuine produce of a sanctified heart; and none who understand Christianity, expect to hear curses, lies, boastings, and revilings from a true believer's mouth, any more than they look for the fruit of one tree from another. But facts prove that more professors succeed in bridling their senses and appetites, than in duly restraining their tongues. Then, depending on Divine grace, let us take heed to bless and curse not; and let us aim to be consistent in our words and actions.
Study Bible
Taming the Tongue
7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9With the tongue we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.…
Cross References
Psalm 140:3
They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; Poison of a viper is under their lips. Selah.

Proverbs 17:20
He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.

Ecclesiastes 10:11
If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.

Romans 3:13
Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit; the venom of vipers is on their lips;

James 3:7
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man,
Treasury of Scripture

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

an unruly.

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among …

Psalm 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in …

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on …

Psalm 59:7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: …

Psalm 64:3,4 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot …

full.

Deuteronomy 32:33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.

Psalm 58:4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf …

Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison …

Ecclesiastes 10:11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used …

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

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