James 3:3
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English Standard Version
If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.

King James Bible
Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

American Standard Version
Now if we put the horses bridles into their mouths that they may obey us, we turn about their whole body also.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if we put bits into the mouths of horses, that they may obey us, and we turn about their whole body.

English Revised Version
Now if we put the horses' bridles into their mouths, that they may obey us, we turn about their whole body also.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, we put bits in the mouths of horses, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

Weymouth New Testament
Remember that we put the horses' bit into their mouths to make them obey us, and so we turn their whole bodies round.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Behold

Following the old reading, ἴδε. All the best texts read εἰ δὲ, now if. So Rev.

Bits (χαλινοὺς)

Only here and Revelation 14:20. It may be rendered either bit, as A. V., or bridle, as Rev., but bridle is preferable because it corresponds with the verb to bridle (James 3:2) which is compounded with this noun.

Horses

The position in the sentence is emphatic.

We turn about (μετάγομεν)

Used by James only.

James 3:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

2 Kings 19:28 Because your rage against me and your tumult is come up into my ears, therefore I will put my hook in your nose...

Psalm 32:9 Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle...

Psalm 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

Isaiah 37:29 Because your rage against me, and your tumult, is come up into my ears, therefore will I put my hook in your nose...

Cross References
Psalm 32:9
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.

James 3:4
Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

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