James 3:4
New International Version
Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.

New Living Translation
And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.

English Standard Version
Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

Berean Study Bible
Consider ships as well. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot is inclined.

Berean Literal Bible
Behold also the ships, being so great and being driven by strong winds, are turned about by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the one steering resolves.

King James Bible
Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

New King James Version
Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.

New American Standard Bible
Look at the ships too: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are nevertheless directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot determines.

NASB 1995
Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.

NASB 1977
Behold, the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder, wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.

Amplified Bible
And look at the ships. Even though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines.

Christian Standard Bible
And consider ships: Though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And consider ships: Though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

American Standard Version
Behold, the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, are yet turned about by a very small rudder, whither the impulse of the steersman willeth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Also, mighty ships, which are steered by the wind and a hard small piece of wood, are driven to wherever the will of the helmsman determines.

Contemporary English Version
It takes strong winds to move a large sailing ship, but the captain uses only a small rudder to make it go in any direction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold also ships, whereas they are great, and are driven by strong winds, yet are they turned about with a small helm, whithersoever the force of the governor willeth.

English Revised Version
Behold, the ships also, though they are so great, and are driven by rough winds, are yet turned about by a very small rudder, whither the impulse of the steersman willeth.

Good News Translation
Or think of a ship: big as it is and driven by such strong winds, it can be steered by a very small rudder, and it goes wherever the pilot wants it to go.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The same thing is true for ships. They are very big and are driven by strong winds. Yet, by using small rudders, pilots steer ships wherever they want them to go.

International Standard Version
And look at ships! They are so big that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the helmsman directs.

Literal Standard Version
behold, also the ships, being so great, and being driven by fierce winds, are directed by a very small rudder, wherever the impulse of the [one] steering wills,

NET Bible
Look at ships too: Though they are so large and driven by harsh winds, they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the pilot's inclination directs.

New Heart English Bible
And look at the ships also, though they are so big and are driven by fierce winds, are yet guided by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires.

Weymouth New Testament
So too with ships, great as they are, and often driven along by strong gales, yet they can be steered with a very small rudder in whichever direction the caprice of the man at the helm chooses.

World English Bible
Behold, the ships also, though they are so big and are driven by fierce winds, are yet guided by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires.

Young's Literal Translation
lo, also the ships, being so great, and by fierce winds being driven, are led about by a very small helm, whithersoever the impulse of the helmsman doth counsel,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Taming the Tongue
3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can guide the whole animal. 4Consider ships as well. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot is inclined. 5In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it boasts of great things. Consider how small a spark sets a great forest ablaze.…

Cross References
Matthew 11:27
All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.

Acts 27:11
But contrary to Paul's advice, the centurion was persuaded by the pilot and by the owner of the ship.

James 3:3
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can guide the whole animal.

James 3:5
In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it boasts of great things. Consider how small a spark sets a great forest ablaze.


Treasury of Scripture

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, wherever the governor wants.

are driven.

Psalm 107:25-27
For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof…

Jonah 1:4
But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

Matthew 8:24
And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.









(4) The governor--i.e., the "helmsman," from the Latin gubernator. The Venerable Bede, our earliest English translator, refers the ships here to an image of ourselves, and the winds to the impulses of our own minds, by which we are driven hither and thither.

St. James, remembering the storms of the Galilean lake, could well rejoice in a simile like this, although he himself may only have known the craft of an inland sea, and never have beheld "broad rivers and streams" wherein went "galley with oars and gallant ship" (Isaiah 33:21). And none knew better than the brother of the Lord who was the true

"Helm of the ships that keep

Pathway along the deep."

Verse 4. - Second illustration, showing the importance of the tongue and its government. The rudder is a very small thing, but it enables the steersman to guide the ship wherever he will, in spite of the storm. Whithersoever the governor listeth (ὅπου ἡ ὀρμὴ τοῦ εὐθυνοντος βούλεται, א, B); whither the impulse of the steersman willeth (R.V.); Vulgate, impetus dirigentis.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Consider
ἰδοὺ (idou)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 2400: See! Lo! Behold! Look! Second person singular imperative middle voice of eido; used as imperative lo!

ships
πλοῖα (ploia)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's 4143: A ship, vessel, boat. From pleo; a sailer, i.e. Vessel.

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

Although they are
ὄντα (onta)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

so large
τηλικαῦτα (tēlikauta)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's 5082: Or feminine telikaute from a compound of ho with helikos and houtos; such as this, i.e. (figurative) magnitude) so vast.

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

are driven
ἐλαυνόμενα (elaunomena)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's 1643: (a) trans: I drive (on), propel, (b) intrans: I row. A prolonged form of a primary verb of uncertain affinity; to push.

by
ὑπὸ (hypo)
Preposition
Strong's 5259: A primary preposition; under, i.e. of place, or with verbs; of place (underneath) or where (below) or time (when).

strong
σκληρῶν (sklērōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 4642: Hard, violent, harsh, stern. From the base of skelos; dry, i.e. Hard or tough.

winds,
ἀνέμων (anemōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 417: The wind; fig: applied to empty doctrines. From the base of aer; wind; by implication, quarters.

they are steered
μετάγεται (metagetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 3329: From meta and harmozo; to lead over, i.e. Transfer.

by
ὑπὸ (hypo)
Preposition
Strong's 5259: A primary preposition; under, i.e. of place, or with verbs; of place (underneath) or where (below) or time (when).

a very small
ἐλαχίστου (elachistou)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Singular - Superlative
Strong's 1646: Superlative of elachus; used as equivalent to mikros; least.

rudder
πηδαλίου (pēdaliou)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's 4079: The rudder of a ship. Neuter of a derivative of pedon; a 'pedal', i.e. Helm.

wherever
ὅπου (hopou)
Adverb
Strong's 3699: Where, whither, in what place. From hos and pou; what(-ever) where, i.e. At whichever spot.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative 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.

pilot
εὐθύνοντος (euthynontos)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2116: From euthus; to straighten; technically, to steer.

is inclined.
ὁρμὴ (hormē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3730: A rush, violent assault, impulse. Of uncertain affinity; a violent impulse, i.e. Onset.


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