New International Version
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
King James Bible
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly 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.
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,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But the tongue wan no man tame - No cunning, persuasion, or influence has ever been able to silence it. Nothing but the grace of God, excision, or death, can bring it under subjection.
It is an unruly evil - Ακατασχετον κακον· An evil that cannot be restrained; it cannot be brought under any kind of government; it breaks all bounds.
Full of deadly poison - He refers here to the tongues of serpents, supposed to be the means of conveying their poison into wounds made by their teeth. Throughout the whole of this poetic and highly declamatory description, St. James must have the tongue of the slanderer, calumniator, backbiter, whisperer, and tale-bearer, particularly in view. Vipers, basilisks; and rattlesnakes are not more dangerous to life, than these are to the peace and reputation of men.
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They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's; the poison of vipers is on their lips.
One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
If a snake bites before it is charmed, the charmer receives no fee.
"Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips."
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind,
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