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James 3:10

    James 3:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not so to be.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    out of the same mouth cometh forth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers, it is not right for these things to be so.

    Webster's Revision

    out of the same mouth cometh forth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

    World English Bible

    Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    out of the same mouth cometh forth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

    Definitions for James 3:10

    Ought - Any one; any thing.

    Clarke's Commentary on James 3:10

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on James 3:10

    Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing - The meaning here may be, either that out of the mouth of man two such opposite things proceed, not referring to the same individual, but to different persons; or, out of the mouth of the same individual. Both of these are true; and both are equally incongruous and wrong. No organ should be devoted to uses so unlike, and the mouth should be employed in giving utterance only to that which is just, benevolent, and good. It is true, however, that the mouth is devoted to these opposite employments; and that while one part of the race employ it for purposes of praise, the other employ it in uttering maledictions. It is also true of many individuals that at one time they praise their Maker, and then, with the same organ, calumniate, and slander, and revile their fellow-men. After an act of solemn devotion in the house of God, the professed worshipper goes forth with the feelings of malice in his heart, and the language of slander, detraction, or even blasphemy on his lips.

    My brethren, these things ought not so to be - They are as incongruous as it would be for the same fountain to send forth both salt water and fresh; or for the same tree to bear different kinds of fruit.