New International Version
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.
King James Bible
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
Darby Bible Translation
but if ye have bitter emulation and strife in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
World English Bible
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don't boast and don't lie against the truth.
Young's Literal Translation
and if bitter zeal ye have, and rivalry in your heart, glory not, nor lie against the truth;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If ye have bitter envying and strife - If ye be under the influence of an unkind, fierce, and contemptuous spirit, even while attempting or pretending to defend true religion, do not boast either of your exertions or success in silencing an adversary; ye have no religion, and no true wisdom, and to profess either is to lie against the truth. Let all writers on what is called polemic (fighting, warring) divinity lay this to heart. The pious Mr. Herbert gives excellent advice on this subject: -
"Be calm in arguing, for fierceness makes
Error a fault, and truth discourtesy;
Why should I feel another man's mistakes
More than his sickness or his poverty?
In love I should; but anger is not love,
Nor wisdom neither; therefore g-e-n-t-l-y m-o-v-e."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryJanuary the Twenty-Sixth the Fire of Envy
"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. …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
Whether Wisdom Should be Reckoned among the Gifts of the Holy Ghost?
Whether Our Atmosphere is the Demons' Place of Punishment?
Whether a Religious Sins More Grievously than a Secular by the Same Kind of Sin?
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
2 Corinthians 12:20
For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.
idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
1 Timothy 2:4
who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back,
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