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James 3:16

    James 3:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For where jealousy and faction are, there is confusion and every vile deed.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For where envy is, and the desire to get the better of others, there is no order, but every sort of evil-doing.

    Webster's Revision

    For where jealousy and faction are, there is confusion and every vile deed.

    World English Bible

    For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For where jealousy and faction are, there is confusion and every vile deed.

    Clarke's Commentary on James 3:16

    For where envying and strife is - Ζηλος και εριθεια· Zeal - fiery, inflammatory passion, and contention - altercations about the different points of the law, of no use for edification, such as those mentioned, Titus 3:9. The Jews were the most intolerant of all mankind; it was a maxim with them to kill those who would not conform to their law; and their salvation they believed to be impossible. This has been the spirit of Popery, and of the Romish Church at large; in vain do they attempt to deny it; they have written it in characters of blood and fire even in this country, (England), when they were possessed of political power. With them it is still an established maxim, that out of their Church there is no redemption; and fire and faggot have been in that Church legal means of conversion or extinction. In the short popish reign of Mary in this country, besides multitudes who suffered by fine, imprisonment, confiscation, etc., two hundred and seventy-seven were burnt alive, among whom were one archbishop, four bishops, twenty-one clergymen, eight lay gentlemen, eighty-four tradesmen, one hundred husbandmen, fifty-five women, and four children! O earth! thou hast not drunk their blood; but their ashes have been strewed on the face of the field.

    Barnes' Notes on James 3:16

    For where envying and strife is, there is confusion - Margin, tumult or unquietness. Everything is unsettled and agitated. There is no mutual confidence; there is no union of plan and effort; there is no co-operation in promoting a common object; there is no stability in any plan; for a purpose, though for good, formed by one portion, is defeated by another.

    And every evil work - Of the truth of this no one can have any doubt who has observed the effects in a family or neighborhood where a spirit of strife prevails. All love and harmony of course are banished; all happiness disappears; all prosperity is at an end. In place of the peaceful virtues which ought to prevail, there springs up every evil passion that tends to mar the peace of a community. Where this spirit prevails in a church, it is of course impossible to expect any progress in divine things; and in such a church any effort to do good is vain.

    "The Spirit, like a peaceful dove,

    Flies from the realms of noise and strife."
    Book: James
    Topic: Jealousy