James 3:11
New International Version
Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

New Living Translation
Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water?

English Standard Version
Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?

Berean Study Bible
Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

Berean Literal Bible
Does the spring pour forth out of the same opening both fresh and bitter?

King James Bible
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

New King James Version
Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?

New American Standard Bible
Does a spring send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?

NASB 1995
Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?

NASB 1977
Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?

Amplified Bible
Does a spring send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?

Christian Standard Bible
Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening?

American Standard Version
Doth the fountain send forth from the same opening sweet water and bitter?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Is it possible that from one spring, sweet and bitter waters go out?

Contemporary English Version
Can clean water and dirty water both flow from the same spring?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Doth a fountain send forth, out of the same hole, sweet and bitter water?

English Revised Version
Doth the fountain send forth from the same opening sweet water and bitter?

Good News Translation
No spring of water pours out sweet water and bitter water from the same opening.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do clean and polluted water flow out of the same spring?

International Standard Version
A spring cannot pour both fresh and brackish water from the same opening, can it?

Literal Standard Version
does the fountain out of the same opening pour forth the sweet and the bitter?

NET Bible
A spring does not pour out fresh water and bitter water from the same opening, does it?

New Heart English Bible
Does a spring send out from the same opening fresh and bitter water?

Weymouth New Testament
In a fountain, are fresh water and bitter sent forth from the same opening?

World English Bible
Does a spring send out from the same opening fresh and bitter water?

Young's Literal Translation
doth the fountain out of the same opening pour forth the sweet and the bitter?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Taming the Tongue
10Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, this should not be! 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers, can a fig tree grow olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.…

Cross References
Jeremiah 6:7
As a well gushes its water, so she pours out her evil. Violence and destruction resound in her; sickness and wounds are ever before Me.

James 3:10
Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, this should not be!

James 3:12
My brothers, can a fig tree grow olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.


Treasury of Scripture

Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

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James 3:11
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?









(11) Doth a (or, the) fountain send forth (literally, spurt) at the same place (or, hole, see margin) sweet water and bitter (i.e., fresh water and salt)?--A vivid picture, probably, of the mineral springs abounding in the Jordan valley, near the Dead Sea; with which might be contrasted the clear and sparkling rivulets of the north, fed by the snows of Lebanon. Nature had no confusion in her plans; and thus to pour out curse and blessing from the same lips were unnatural indeed. Or, again--

Verses 11, 12. - Illustrations showing the absurdity of the conduct reprobated. From one principle opposite things cannot be produced. Nothing can bring forth that which is not corresponding to its nature.

(1) The same fountain cannot give both sweet and bitter water.

(2) A fig tree cannot yield olives, nor a vine figs.

(3) Salt water cannot yield sweet. . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[Can]
μήτι (mēti)
IntPrtcl
Strong's 3385: If not, unless, whether at all. From me and the neuter of tis; whether at all.

[both] fresh [water]
γλυκὺ (glyky)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 1099: Sweet. Of uncertain affinity; sweet.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

bitter [water]
πικρόν (pikron)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4089: Bitter, acrid, malignant. Perhaps from pegnumi; sharp, i.e. Acrid.

flow
βρύει (bryei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1032: To cause to gush forth, send forth. A primary verb; to swell out, i.e. to gush.

from
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

same
αὐτῆς (autēs)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Feminine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

spring?
πηγὴ (pēgē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4077: A fountain, spring, well, issue, flow. Probably from pegnumi; a fount, i.e. Source or supply.


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