New American Standard Bible
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.
King James Bible
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Darby Bible Translation
For where emulation and strife are, there is disorder and every evil thing.
World English Bible
For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed.
Young's Literal Translation
for where zeal and rivalry are, there is insurrection and every evil matter;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
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."
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but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.
2 Corinthians 12:20
For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances;
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.
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