James 3:15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.


Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.

King James Version

This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Holman Bible

Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.

International Standard Version

That kind of wisdom does not come from above. No, it is worldly, self-centered, and demonic.

A Conservative Version

This wisdom is not descending from above, but is earthly, world-soul, demonic.

American Standard Version

This wisdom is not a wisdom that cometh down from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Amplified

This [superficial] wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual (animal), even devilish (demoniacal).

An Understandable Version

This "wisdom" is not the kind that comes from [God] above, but is earthly, unspiritual and demonic [i.e., it is motivated by an evil spirit and not the Holy Spirit].

Anderson New Testament

This wisdom comes not from above, but is earthly, animal, demoniac.

Bible in Basic English

This wisdom is not from heaven, but is of the earth and the flesh and the Evil One.

Common New Testament

This wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Daniel Mace New Testament

such wisdom is not derived from heaven; but is terrestrial, sensual, demoniacal.

Darby Translation

This is not the wisdom which comes down from above, but earthly, natural, devilish.

Godbey New Testament

This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but it is earthly, intellectual, and demoniacal.

Goodspeed New Testament

Such wisdom does not come from above. It is earthly, animal, demon-like.

John Wesley New Testament

This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, animal, devilish.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

This wisdom is not that which descends from above, but is earthly, natural, diabolical.

Julia Smith Translation

This is wisdom coming not down from above, but earthly, natural, resembling an evil spirit.

King James 2000

This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.

Lexham Expanded Bible

This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but [is] earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Modern King James verseion

This is not the wisdom coming down from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

This wisdom descendeth not from above: but is earthy, and natural, and devilish.

Moffatt New Testament

That is not the wisdom which comes down from above, it is an earthly wisdom, sensuous, devilish;

Montgomery New Testament

Such wisdom is not that which is descending from on high, but is earthly, sensual, demonlike.

NET Bible

Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, natural, demonic.

New Heart English Bible

This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic.

Noyes New Testament

This wisdom is not that which descendeth from above, but earthly, sensual, devilish.

Sawyer New Testament

This wisdom comes not from above, but is earthly, natural, demoniacal.

The Emphasized Bible

This wisdom is not one, from above, coming down, but is earthly, born of the soul, demoniacal!

Thomas Haweis New Testament

This is not the wisdom which cometh from above, but is earthly, sensual, diabolical.

Twentieth Century New Testament

That is not the wisdom which comes from above; no, it is earthly, animal, devilish.

Webster

This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, demoniacal.

Weymouth New Testament

That is not the wisdom which comes down from above: it belongs to earth, to the unspiritual nature, and to evil spirits.

Williams New Testament

This is not the kind of wisdom that comes down from above; no, it is earthly, human, demoniacal.

World English Bible

This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic.

Worrell New Testament

This wisdom is not the wisdom that comes down from above; but is earthly, soulish, demoniacal!

Worsley New Testament

this is not the wisdom, that cometh down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and diabolical:

Youngs Literal Translation

this wisdom is not descending from above, but earthly, physical, demon-like,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
οὗτος οὗτοι αὕτη αὕται 
Houtos 
this, these, he, the same, this man, she, they,
Usage: 258

σοφία 
Sophia 
Usage: 45

κατέρχομαι 
Katerchomai 
Usage: 13

not
οὐ 
Ou 
not, no, cannot ,
Usage: 1032

ἄνωθεν 
Anothen 
from above, top, again, from the first, from the beginning, not tr
Usage: 10

but
ἀλλά 
Alla 
Usage: 461

ἐπίγειος 
Epigeios 
Usage: 6

ψυχικός 
Psuchikos 
Usage: 6

References

Context Readings

The Wisdom That Comes Down From Above

14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.


Cross References

James 1:17

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

Jude 1:19

These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:19

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God For it is written, "He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS";

2 Corinthians 1:12

For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.

1 Timothy 4:1

But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

Genesis 3:1-5

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"

2 Samuel 13:3

But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's brother; and Jonadab was a very shrewd man.

2 Samuel 15:31

Now someone told David, saying, "Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom " And David said, "O LORD, I pray, make the counsel of Ahithophel foolishness."

2 Samuel 16:23

The advice of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if one inquired of the word of God; so was all the advice of Ahithophel regarded by both David and Absalom.

Jeremiah 4:22

"For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know."

Luke 16:8

"And his master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light.

John 3:17

"For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

John 8:44

"You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Acts 13:10

and said, "You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?

Romans 1:22

Professing to be wise, they became fools,

1 Corinthians 1:19-20

For it is written, "I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE."

1 Corinthians 1:27

but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,

1 Corinthians 2:6-7

Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;

1 Corinthians 2:14

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

1 Corinthians 3:3

for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?

2 Corinthians 11:3

But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

Philippians 3:19

whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.

2 Thessalonians 2:9

that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,

James 1:5

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

James 3:17

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

1 John 3:8-10

the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

Revelation 2:24

'But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them--I place no other burden on you.

Revelation 9:11

They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.

Revelation 12:9

And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.



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