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.

King James Bible
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

New King James Version
But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

New American Standard Bible
But no one among mankind can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

NASB 1995
But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.

NASB 1977
But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.

Amplified Bible
But no one can tame the human tongue; it is a restless evil [undisciplined, unstable], full of deadly poison.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless 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.

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.

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

Good News Translation
But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison.

International Standard Version
but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison.

Literal Standard Version
but no one of men is able to subdue the tongue—[it is] an unruly evil, full of 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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 sharpen their tongues like snakes; 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 falls 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.









(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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

man
ἀνθρώπων (anthrōpōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 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 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 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 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 1100: The tongue; by implication, a language.

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

evil,
κακόν (kakon)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 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 3324: Full, filled with. Of uncertain derivation.

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

poison.
ἰοῦ (iou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2447: Poison, rust; an arrow. Perhaps from eimi or hiemi; rust; also venom.


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