New International Version
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
King James Bible
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Darby Bible Translation
Out of the same mouth goes forth blessing and cursing. It is not right, my brethren, that these things should be thus.
World English Bible
Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
Young's Literal Translation
out of the same mouth doth come forth blessing and cursing; it doth not need, my brethren, these things so to happen;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Out of the same mouth - This saying is something like that, Proverbs 18:21 : Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and on this, for an illustration of St. James' words, hear Vayikra Rabba, sec. 33: "Rabbi Simeon, the son of Gamaliel, said to his servant Tobias, Go and bring me some good food from the market: the servant went, and he bought tongues. At another time he said to the same servant, Go and buy me some bad food: the servant went, and bought tongues. The master said, What is the reason that when I ordered thee to buy me good and bad food, thou didst bring tongues? The servant answered, From the tongue both good and evil come to man: if it be good, there is nothing better; if bad, there is nothing worse."
A saying very like that of St. James as found in Rabbi Tanchum, fol. 10, 4: "The mouth desires to study in the law, and to speak good words; to praise God, to glorify him, and to celebrate him with hymns: but it can also slander, blaspheme, reproach, and swear falsely." See Schoettgen.
To find a man who officiates in sacred things to be a common swearer, a slanderer, etc., is truly monstrous; but there have been many cases of this kind, and I have known several. Let me say to all such, My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
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"Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work!" --JAMES iii. 13-18. In Milton's "Comus" we read of a certain potion which has the power to pervert all the senses of everyone who drinks it. Nothing is apprehended truly. Sight and hearing and taste are all disordered, and the victim is all unconscious of the confusion. The deadly draught is the minister of deceptive chaos. And envy is like that potion when it is drunk by the spirit. It perverts every moral and spiritual sense. …
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Don't be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God's likeness.
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