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James 3:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Doth the fountain send forth from the same opening sweet [water] and bitter?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Does a fountain send out from the same opening [both] fresh and bitter [water]?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Does the fountain, out of the same opening, pour forth sweet and bitter?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Doth, the fountain, out of the same opening, teem forth the sweet and the bitter?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— doth the fountain out of the same opening pour forth the sweet and the bitter?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Doth a fountain send forth, out of the same hole, sweet and bitter water?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Doeth a fountaine send foorth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Can it be that one fountain shall send forth waters sweet and bitter?
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Can there flow from the same fountain, sweet waters and bitter?

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Doth 3385
{3385} Prime
From G3361 and the neuter of G5100; whether at all.
a fountain 4077
{4077} Prime
Probably from G4078 (through the idea of gushing plumply); a fount (literally or figuratively), that is, source or supply (of water, blood, enjoyment), (not necessarily the original spring).
send forth 1032
{1032} Prime
A primary verb; to swell out, that is, (by implication) to gush.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
at 1537
{1537} Prime
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
same 846
{0846} Prime
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
place 3692
{3692} Prime
Probably from G3700; a hole (as if for light), that is, cavern; by analogy a spring (of water).
sweet 1099
{1099} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; sweet (that is, not bitter nor salt).
[water] and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
bitter? 4089
{4089} Prime
Perhaps from G4078 (through the idea of piercing); sharp (pungent), that is, acrid (literally or figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

James 3:11

_ _ fountain — an image of the heart: as the aperture (so the Greek for “place” is literally) of the fountain is an image of man’s mouth. The image here is appropriate to the scene of the Epistle, Palestine, wherein salt and bitter springs are found. Though “sweet” springs are sometimes found near, yet “sweet and bitter” (water) do not flow “at the same place” (aperture). Grace can make the same mouth that “sent forth the bitter” once, send forth the sweet for the time to come: as the wood (typical of Christ’s cross) changed Marah’s bitter water into sweet.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

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