Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

Become ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding, whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in, [else] they will not come near to thee.

New American Standard Bible

Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.

King James Version

Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

Holman Bible

Do not be like a horse or mule,
without understanding,
that must be controlled with bit and bridle
or else it will not come near you.

International Standard Version

Don't be like a horse or mule, without understanding. They are held in check by a bit and bridle in their mouths; otherwise they will not remain near you.

American Standard Version

Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding; Whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in, Else they will not come near unto thee.

Amplified


Do not be like the horse or like the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bridle and rein to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.

Bible in Basic English

Do not be like the horse or the ass, without sense; ...

Darby Translation

Be ye not as a horse, as a mule, which have no understanding: whose trappings must be bit and bridle, for restraint, or they will not come unto thee.

Julia Smith Translation

Ye shall not be as the horse, as the mule, not understanding: with bit and curb to stop his youth, not drawing near to thee.

King James 2000

Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, else they come not near unto you.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Do not be like a horse [or] like a mule, without understanding; [that needs] his tackle--bridle and rein--for restraint [or he would not] come near you.

Modern King James verseion

Be not like the horse, or like the mule, who have no understanding, whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, so that they do not come near you.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Be ye not like to horse and mule, which have no understanding, whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle, if they will not obey thee.

NET Bible

Do not be like an unintelligent horse or mule, which will not obey you unless they are controlled by a bridle and bit.

New Heart English Bible

Do not be like the horse, or like the mule, which have no understanding, who are controlled by bit and bridle, or else they will not come near to you.

The Emphasized Bible

Do not ye become like a horse, like a mule, without discernment, - With the bit and bridle of his mouth, hast thou to restrain him, - He will not come near unto thee.

Webster

Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near to thee.

World English Bible

Don't be like the horse, or like the mule, which have no understanding, who are controlled by bit and bridle, or else they will not come near to you.

Youngs Literal Translation

Be ye not as a horse -- as a mule, Without understanding, With bridle and bit, its ornaments, to curb, Not to come near unto thee.

References

Easton

Fausets

Hastings

Morish

Smith

Context Readings

The Joy Of Forgiveness

8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shall go. I will counsel thee with my eye upon thee. 9 Become ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding, whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in, [else] they will not come near to thee. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked, but he who trusts in LORD, loving kindness shall encompass him about.


Cross References

Proverbs 26:3

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.

Job 35:11

who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?

James 3:3

Behold we put bits into the mouths of horses for them to obey us, and we guide about their whole body.

James 3:3

Behold we put bits into the mouths of horses for them to obey us, and we guide about their whole body.

Jeremiah 8:6-7

I hearkened and heard, but they did not speak aright. No man repents of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? Everyone turns to his course as a horse that rushes headlong in the battle.

Jeremiah 31:18

I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself [saying], Thou have chastised me, and I was chastised as a calf unaccustomed [to the yoke]. Turn thou me back, and I shall be turned back, for thou are LORD my God.

James 4:7-10

Be subordinate therefore to God, but resist the devil and he will flee from you.

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