James 3:9
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New International Version
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God's likeness.

New Living Translation
Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.

English Standard Version
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.

New American Standard Bible
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We praise our Lord and Father with it, and we curse men who are made in God's likeness with it.

International Standard Version
With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in God's likeness.

NET Bible
With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people made in God's image.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
With it we bless THE LORD JEHOVAH and The Father; with it we curse the children of men who are made in the image of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. Yet, with the same tongues we curse people, who were created in God's likeness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
With it we bless God, even the Father; and with it we curse men, who are made in the image of God.

King James 2000 Bible
With this bless we God, even the Father; and with this curse we men, who are made after the similitude of God.

American King James Version
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
By it we bless God and the Father: and by it we curse men, who are made after the likeness of God.

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

English Revised Version
Therewith bless we the Lord and Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the likeness of God:

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
with it we do bless the God and Father, and with it we do curse the men made according to the similitude of God;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 9, 10. - Examples of the restless character of the tongue: "With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it too we curse men who are made in his image." In the first clause we should read Κύριον (א, A, B, C, Coptic, Syriac, ff, and some manuscripts of the Vulgate) for Θεόν (Receptus, with K, L, and Vulgate). Made after the similitude of God; better, likeness (ὁμοίωσις). The words, which are taken from Genesis 1:26 (καὶ εῖπεν ὁ Θεὸς ποιήσωμεν ἄνθρωπον κατ εἰκόνα ἡμετέραν καὶ καθ ὁμοιώσιν) are added to show the greatness of the sin. Theologically they are important, as showing that the "likeness of God" in man (in whatever it may consist) was not entirely obliterated by the Fall. St. James's words would be meaningless if only Adam had been created in the image and likeness of God. So St. Paul speaks of fallen man as still "the image (εἰκών) and glory of God" (1 Corinthians 11:7; and cf. Genesis 9:6).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therewith bless we God, even, the Father,.... Of Jesus Christ, and of spirits, and of mercies: this is the instrument that is used in blessing God daily every meal that is eaten; and in joining with the saints, though only verbally and outwardly, in blessing God for all spiritual blessings in Christ, both in prayer, and in singing psalms:

and therewith curse we men: make imprecations, and wish evils upon them:

which are made after the similitude of God as man was originally, Genesis 1:26 and though sin has greatly defaced it, yet there are still some remains of it: and now, what an absurd and monstrous thing is this, that one and the same instrument should be used in blessing God, the Father of all creatures, and in cursing his children, his offering, as all men are by creation, and bear some resemblance to him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. God—The oldest authorities read, "Lord." "Him who is Lord and Father." The uncommonness of the application of "Lord" to the Father, doubtless caused the change in modern texts to "God" (Jas 1:27). But as Messiah is called "Father," Isa 9:6, so God the Father is called by the Son's title, "Lord": showing the unity of the Godhead. "Father" implies His paternal love; "Lord," His dominion.

men, which—not "men who"; for what is meant is not particular men, but men genetically [Alford].

are made after … similitude of God—Though in a great measure man has lost the likeness of God in which he was originally made, yet enough of it still remains to show what once it was, and what in regenerated and restored man it shall be. We ought to reverence this remnant and earnest of what man shall be in ourselves and in others. "Absalom has fallen from his father's favor, but the people still recognize him to be the king's son" [Bengel]. Man resembles in humanity the Son of man, "the express image of His person" (Heb 1:3), compare Ge 1:26; 1Jo 4:20. In the passage, Ge 1:26, "image" and "likeness" are distinct: "image," according to the Alexandrians, was something in which men were created, being common to all, and continuing to man after the fall, while the "likeness" was something toward which man was created, to strive after and attain it: the former marks man's physical and intellectual, the latter his moral pre-eminence.

James 3:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Taming the Tongue
8But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.…
Cross References
Genesis 1:26
Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

1 Corinthians 11:7
A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 3:10
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
Treasury of Scripture

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

Therewith.

Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also …

Psalm 30:12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to you, and not be silent. …

Psalm 35:28 And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise …

Psalm 51:14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, you God of my salvation: …

Psalm 57:8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

Psalm 62:4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight …

Psalm 71:24 My tongue also shall talk of your righteousness all the day long: …

Psalm 108:1 O god, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.

Acts 2:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover …

bless.

1 Chronicles 29:10,20 Why David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David …

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 63:4 Thus will I bless you while I live: I will lift up my hands in your name.

Psalm 145:1,21 I will extol you, my God, O king; and I will bless your name for …

Isaiah 29:13 Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their …

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed …

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

therewith curse.

Judges 9:27 And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, …

2 Samuel 16:5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out a man …

2 Samuel 19:21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei …

Psalm 10:7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue …

Psalm 59:12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even …

Psalm 109:17,18 As he loved cursing, so let it come to him: as he delighted not in …

Ecclesiastes 7:22 For oftentimes also your own heart knows that you yourself likewise …

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do …

Matthew 26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. …

Romans 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

made.

Genesis 1:26,27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and …

Genesis 5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God …

Genesis 9:6 Whoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in …

1 Corinthians 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, for as much as he is …

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