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James 3:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For in many things we all stumble. If any stumbleth not in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For we all stumble in many [ways]. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For in many things we all offend. If any man offendeth not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For we all often offend. If any one offend not in word, *he* [is] a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body too.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, oft, are we stumbling, one and all: If anyone, in word, doth not stumble, the same, is a mature man, able to curb even the whole body.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for we all make many stumbles; if any one in word doth not stumble, this one [is] a perfect man, able to bridle also the whole body;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For in many things we all offend. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man. He is able also with a bridle to lead about the whole body.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For (in) many we all offend. Every one who in word offendeth not, this is a perfect man, who is able to make subject also all his body.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For we all offend in many things. Whoever offendeth not in discourse, is a perfect man, who can also keep his whole body in subjection.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
γάρ
gar
{gar}
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
in many things 4183
{4183} Prime
πολύς
polus
{pol-oos'}
Including the forms from the alternate 'pollos'; (singular) much (in any respect) or (plural) many; neuter (singular) as adverb largely; neuter (plural) as adverb or noun often, mostly, largely.
we offend 4417
{4417} Prime
πταίω
ptaio
{ptah'-yo}
A form of G4098; to trip, that is, (figuratively) to err, sin, fail (of salvation).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
all. 537
{0537} Prime
ἅπας
hapas
{hap'-as}
From G0001 (as a particle of union) and G3956; absolutely all or (singular) every one.
If any man 1536
{1536} Prime
εἴ τις
ei tis
{i tis}
From G1487 and G5100; if any.
offend 4417
{4417} Prime
πταίω
ptaio
{ptah'-yo}
A form of G4098; to trip, that is, (figuratively) to err, sin, fail (of salvation).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
word, 3056
{3056} Prime
λόγος
logos
{log'-os}
From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ).
the same 3778
{3778} Prime
οὗτος
houtos
{hoo'-tos}
Including the nominative masculine plural (second form), nominative feminine signular (third form), and the nominate feminine plural, (fourth form). From the article G3588 and G0846; the he (she or it), that is, this or that (often with the article repeated).
[is] a perfect 5046
{5046} Prime
τέλειος
teleios
{tel'-i-os}
From G5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness.
man, 435
{0435} Prime
ἀνήρ
aner
{an'-ayr}
A primary word (compare G0444); a man (properly as an individual male).
[and] able 1415
{1415} Prime
δυνατός
dunatos
{doo-nat-os'}
From G1410; powerful or capable (literally or figuratively); neuter possible.
also 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
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.
to bridle 5468
{5468} Prime
χαλιναγωγέω
chalinagogeo
{khal-in-ag-ogue-eh'-o}
From a compound of G5469 and the reduplicated form of G0071; to be a bit leader, that is, to curb (figuratively).
z5658
<5658> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 516
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
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).
whole 3650
{3650} Prime
ὅλος
holos
{hol'-os}
A primary word; 'whole' or 'all', that is, complete (in extent, amount, time or degree), especially (neuter) as noun or adverb.
body. 4983
{4983} Prime
σῶμα
soma
{so'-mah}
From G4982; the body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

James 3:2

_ _ all — The Greek implies “all without exception”: even the apostles.

_ _ offend not — literally “stumbleth not”: is void of offense or “slip” in word: in which respect one is especially tried who sets up to be a “teacher.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on James 3:1-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

James 3:2

The same is able to bridle the whole body — That is, the whole man. And doubtless some are able to do this, and so are in this sense perfect.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

James 3:2

For in many things we offend all. (3) If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body.

(3) The seventh place, concerning the bridling of the tongue, joined with the former, so that it is revealed that there is no man in who can not justly be found fault as well, seeing as it is a rare virtue to bridle the tongue.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
in:

1 Kings 8:46 If they sin against thee, (for [there is] no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;
2 Chronicles 6:36 If they sin against thee, (for [there is] no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before [their] enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near;
Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
Ecclesiastes 7:20 For [there is] not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. ... If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

If:

James 3:5-6 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! ... And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion [is] vain.
Psalms 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Proverbs 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

a perfect:

James 1:4 But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is [one] of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you].

to bridle:

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
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1K 8:46. 2Ch 6:36. Ps 34:13. Pv 13:3; 20:9. Ec 7:20. Is 64:6. Mt 12:37. Ro 3:10; 7:21. 1Co 9:27. Ga 3:22; 5:17. Col 1:28; 4:12. He 13:21. Jm 1:4, 26; 3:5. 1P 3:10; 5:10. 1Jn 1:8.

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