Parallel Verses

American Standard Version

Behold, the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, are yet turned about by a very small rudder, whither the impulse of the steersman willeth.

New American Standard Bible

Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.

King James Version

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

Holman Bible

And consider ships: though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

International Standard Version

And look at ships! They are so big that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the helmsman directs.

A Conservative Version

Behold also the ships, being so great and driven by fierce winds, are guided about by a very small rudder, wherever the impulse of the man who steers determines.

Amplified

Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines.

An Understandable Version

Look, even though ships are huge and are driven by strong winds, still their direction can be governed by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires to sail.

Anderson New Testament

Behold also the ships, which are very great, and are driven by violent winds; yet they are turned about by a very small helm, to whatever point the will of him that directs it may determine.

Bible in Basic English

And again ships, though they are so great and are moved by violent winds, are turned by a very small guiding-blade, at the impulse of the man who is using it.

Common New Testament

Look at the ships also; though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

Daniel Mace New Testament

a ship too of the greatest burthen, tho' the wind bears hard, by means of an inconsiderable helm, veers about as the hand of the pilot directs her.

Darby Translation

Behold also the ships, which are so great, and driven by violent winds, are turned about by a very small rudder, wherever the pleasure of the helmsman will.

Godbey New Testament

behold also the ships, being so great, and driven by fierce winds, are managed by the smallest rudder, whithersoever the will of the steersman prefers;

Goodspeed New Testament

Even ships, great as they are, and driven by strong winds, are steered with a very small rudder wherever the pilot pleases.

John Wesley New Testament

Behold also the ships, tho' they are so great, and driven by fierce winds, yet are turned about by a very small helm, whithersoever the pilot listeth.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Behold also the ships, which though they are so great are driven of fierce winds, yet they are governed with a very small rudder, wherever the governor desires.

Julia Smith Translation

Behold also ships, being so great, and driven by hard winds, are led by the smallest rudder, wherever the desire of him steering should will.

King James 2000

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven by fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Behold also ships: [although they] are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot wishes.

Modern King James verseion

Behold also the ships being so great, and driven by fierce winds, yet they are turned about with a very small rudder, where the impulse of him steering desires.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the violence of the governor will:

Moffatt New Testament

Look at ships too; for all their size and speed under stiff winds, they are turned by a tiny rudder wherever the mind of the steersman chooses.

Montgomery New Testament

Look at the ships too, though they are so large, even when driven by fierce winds they are turned by a very small rudder, wherever the impulse of the helmsman wills.

NET Bible

Look at ships too: Though they are so large and driven by harsh winds, they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the pilot's inclination directs.

New Heart English Bible

Behold, the ships also, though they are so big and are driven by fierce winds, are yet guided by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires.

Noyes New Testament

Behold also the ships, which, though they are so great, and driven by fierce winds, are yet turned about with a very small rudder, whithersoever the steersman chooseth.

Sawyer New Testament

behold also the ships, though of so great size and driven by powerful winds, are directed by a very small helm wherever the will of the pilot chooses;

The Emphasized Bible

Lo! the ships also, large as they are, and, by rough winds, driven along, are turned about by a very small helm, whithersoever the impulse of the steersman inclineth.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Behold also the ships, though so great, and driven by tempestuous winds, are turned about by the smallest rudder, whithersoever the inclination of the pilot pleaseth.

Twentieth Century New Testament

Again, think of ships. Large as they are, and even when driven by fierce winds, they are controlled by a very small rudder and steered in whatever direction the man at the helm may determine.

Webster

Behold also the ships, which though they are so great, and are driven by fierce winds, yet they are turned about with a very small helm, withersoever the governor willeth.

Weymouth New Testament

So too with ships, great as they are, and often driven along by strong gales, yet they can be steered with a very small rudder in whichever direction the caprice of the man at the helm chooses.

Williams New Testament

Look at ships, too; though great and driven by violent winds, they are steered with a tiny rudder wherever the pilot pleases.

World English Bible

Behold, the ships also, though they are so big and are driven by fierce winds, are yet guided by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires.

Worrell New Testament

Behold also the ships, large as they are, and driven along by fierce winds, are turned about by a very small rudder, wheresoever the impulse of the steersman wills.

Worsley New Testament

Behold also the ships which are of so great bulk, and even when they are driven by hard winds, yet are turned about by a very small helm which way soever the pilot pleaseth.

Youngs Literal Translation

lo, also the ships, being so great, and by fierce winds being driven, are led about by a very small helm, whithersoever the impulse of the helmsman doth counsel,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
ἰδού 
Idou 
behold, lo, see
Usage: 140


and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

the ships
πλοῖον 
Ploion 
Usage: 66

ὤν οὖσα ὄν 
On 
being, when ... was, which is, that is, not tr,
Usage: 128

they be so great
τηλικοῦτοςτηλικαύτη 
Telikoutos 
so great, so mighty
Usage: 4

and

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

ἐλαύνω 
Elauno 
Usage: 5

of
ὑπό 
Hupo 
of, by, under, with, in, not tr,
Usage: 188

σκληρός 
Skleros 
Usage: 3

ἄνεμος 
Anemos 
Usage: 25

μετάγω 
metago 
Usage: 2

with
ὑπό 
Hupo 
of, by, under, with, in, not tr,
Usage: 188

ἐλάχιστος 
Elachistos 
Usage: 5

πηδάλιον 
Pedalion 
Usage: 2

ὅπου 
Hopou 
Usage: 42

the governor
ὁρμή 
Horme 
assault, not tr
Usage: 2

References

Images James 3:4

Prayers for James 3:4

Context Readings

Restraining The Tongue

3 Now if we put the horses bridles into their mouths that they may obey us, we turn about their whole body also. 4 Behold, the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, are yet turned about by a very small rudder, whither the impulse of the steersman willeth. 5 So the tongue also is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how much wood is kindled by how small a fire!


Cross References

Psalm 107:25-27

For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, Which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Jonah 1:4

But Jehovah sent out a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

Matthew 8:24

And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the boat was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Acts 27:14-38

But after no long time there beat down from it a tempestuous wind, which is called Euraquilo:

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