James 3:8
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 a restless 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
But our tongues get out of control. They are restless and evil, and always spreading deadly poison.

Good News Translation
But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, 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,
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 a restless 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 make their tongues as sharp as serpents; the venom of vipers is on their lips. Selah

Proverbs 17:20
The one with a perverse heart finds no good, and he whose tongue is deceitful will fall into trouble.

Ecclesiastes 10:11
If the snake bites before it is 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 our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

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, and their tongue a sharp sword.

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 stoppeth her ear;

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







Lexicon
but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

no
οὐδεὶς (oudeis)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3762: No one, none, nothing.

man
ἀνθρώπων (anthrōpōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

can
δύναται (dynatai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

tame
δαμάσαι (damasai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1150: To tame, subdue, involving obedience and restraint. A variation of an obsolete primary of the same meaning; to tame.

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

tongue.
γλῶσσαν (glōssan)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1100: The tongue; by implication, a language.

[It is] a restless
ἀκατάστατον (akatastaton)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 182: Unsettled, unstable (though these are hardly strong enough equivalents), almost anarchic. Inconstant.

evil,
κακόν (kakon)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2556: Bad, evil, in the widest sense. Apparently a primary word; worthless, i.e. depraved, or injurious.

full
μεστὴ (mestē)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3324: Full, filled with. Of uncertain derivation.

of deadly
θανατηφόρου (thanatēphorou)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2287: Death-bringing, deadly. From thanatos and phero; death-bearing, i.e. Fatal.

poison.
ἰοῦ (iou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2447: Poison, rust; an arrow. Perhaps from eimi or hiemi; rust; also venom.
(8) But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly (or, restless) evil, full of deadly poison.--Mortiferous, bringer of death, like a poisoned dart or arrow; and therefore most suggestive of envenomed flights at the fame of others. St. James does not mean that no one can tame his own tongue, for so he would hardly be responsible for its vagaries; and lower down it is written expressly, "these things ought not so to be." The hopeless savagery of the tongue, excelling the fury of wild beasts, must be that of the liar, the traducer, and blasphemer. (Comp. Psalms 140)

Verse 8. - It is an unruly evil; rather restless, reading ἀκατάστατον (א, A, B) for ἀκατάσχετον of Textus Receptus (C, K, L); Vulgate, inquietum malum (cf. James 1:8). The nominatives in this verse should be noticed: "The last words are to be regarded as a kind of exclamation, and are therefore appended in an independent construction" (Winer, p. 668). A restless evil! Full of deadly poison! Compare the abrupt nominative in Philippians 3:19 with Bishop Light-feet's note. Deadly (θανατηφόρος); here only in the New Testament. In the LXX. it is found in Numbers 18:22; Job 33:23; 4 Macc. 8:17, 24; 15:23. For the figure, cf. Psalm 140:3, "They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips." 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.
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