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James 1:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is fullgrown, bringeth forth death.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— then lust, having conceived, gives birth to sin; but sin fully completed brings forth death.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then, the coveting, having conceived, giveth birth to sin, and, the sin, when full-grown, bringeth forth death.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— afterward the desire having conceived, doth give birth to sin, and the sin having been perfected, doth bring forth death.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Then, when concupiscence hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin. But sin, when it is completed, begetteth death.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Then when lust hath conceiued, it bringeth forth sinne: and sinne, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And this desire conceiveth and beareth sin; and sin, when it is perfected, beareth death.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And this [his] lust conceiveth, and bringeth forth sin; and sin, when mature, bringeth forth death.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Then 1534
{1534} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a particle of succession (in time or logical enumeration), then, moreover.
when lust 1939
{1939} Prime
From G1937; a longing (especially for what is forbidden).
hath conceived, 4815
{4815} Prime
From G4862 and G2983; to clasp, that is, seize (arrest, capture); specifically to conceive (literally or figuratively); by implication to aid.
<5631> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 889
it bringeth forth 5088
{5088} Prime
A strengthened from of a primary word τέκω [[teko]], {tek'-o} (which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses); to produce (from seed, as a mother, a plant, the earth, etc.), literal or figurative.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
sin: y266
[0266] Standard
From G0264; sin (properly abstract).
(0616) Complement
From G0575 and the base of G2949; to breed forth, that is, (by transformation) to generate (figuratively).
and 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
sin, 266
{0266} Prime
From G0264; sin (properly abstract).
when it is finished, 658
{0658} Prime
From G0575 and G5055; to complete entirely, that is, consummate.
<5685> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 215
bringeth forth 616
{0616} Prime
From G0575 and the base of G2949; to breed forth, that is, (by transformation) to generate (figuratively).
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
death. 2288
{2288} Prime
From G2348; (properly an adjective used as a noun) death (literally or figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

James 1:15

_ _ The guilty union is committed by the will embracing the temptress. “Lust,” the harlot, then, “brings forth sin,” namely, of that kind to which the temptation inclines. Then the particular sin (so the Greek implies), “when it is completed, brings forth death,” with which it was all along pregnant [Alford]. This “death” stands in striking contrast to the “crown of life” (James 1:12) which “patience” or endurance ends in, when it has its “perfect work” (James 1:4). He who will fight Satan with Satan’s own weapons, must not wonder if he finds himself overmatched. Nip sin in the bud of lust.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on James 1:13-18.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

James 1:15

Then desire having conceived — By our own will joining therewith. Bringeth forth actual sin — It doth not follow that the desire itself is not sin. He that begets a man is himself a man. And sin being perfected — Grown up to maturity, which it quickly does. Bringeth forth death — Sin is born big with death.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

James 1:15

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth (n) sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

(n) By sin, in this place, he means actual sin.

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Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Genesis 4:5-8 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. ... And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Job 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.
Psalms 7:14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
Isaiah 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor [any] pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
Micah 2:1-3 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand. ... Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time [is] evil.
Matthew 26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
Matthew 26:48-59 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. ... Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
Acts 5:1-3 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, ... But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back [part] of the price of the land?


Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Genesis 3:17-19 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life; ... In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.
Psalms 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, [and] all the nations that forget God.
Romans 5:12-21 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: ... That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:21-23 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death. ... For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Revelation 20:14-15 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. ... And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
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