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

King James Bible
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.

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.

James 3:8 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

No man (οὐδεὶς ἀνθρώπων)

A strong expression. Lit., no on of men.

Unruly (ἀκατάσχετον)

Lit., not to be held back. The proper reading, however, is ἀκατάστατον, unsettled. See on καθίσταται, hath its place, James 3:6. Rev., correctly, restless.

Deadly (θανατηφόρου)

Lit., death-bearing, or-bringing. Only here in New Testament.

Poison (ἰοῦ)

Rendered rust at James 5:3; and found only in these two passages and in Romans 3:13, in the citation of Psalm 140:3.

James 3:8 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

an unruly.

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body...

Psalm 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows...

Psalm 59:7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, does hear?

Psalm 64:3,4 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words...

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 adder that stops her ear;

Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.

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 deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world...

Cross References
Psalm 140:3
They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah

Proverbs 17:20
A man of crooked heart does not discover good, and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.

Ecclesiastes 10:11
If the serpent bites before it is charmed, there is no advantage to the charmer.

Romans 3:13
"Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive." "The venom of asps is under their lips."

James 3:7
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,

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