26 If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue, and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before 31 God the Father 32 is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Why bridle a horse? To direct the power of the horse for your own purposes. At least some of us can successfully bridle a horse, but who can bridle his own tongue? Yet here James says that the lack of a bridled tongue is evidence of self deception. Think again about bridling a horse. The rider will be sometimes moving, sometimes changing direction, and sometimes stopping. Likewise, a bridle for the human tongue is not only to keep us from sowing destruction, nor only to remain silent. We must also be ready to speak - and to go and do things - in humility, with courage and grace, to reflect the truth of the gospel. Our only hope is to love the gospel and gladly be bridled by it.
If someone thinks he is religious
If any of you believes that you are religious - that you are God fearing and consecrated to God -
If anyone thinks he is religious
yet does not bridle his tongue,
and yet you do not speak from the perfect love of God,
q and does not bridle his tongue
and so deceives his heart,
so you are deceived in your own heart,
but deceives his heart,
his religion is futile.
then your godliness is false and worthless.
this person’s r religion is worthless.
Pure and undefiled religion before 31 God the Father 32 is this:
The evidence of religion that is pure and unstained before God, the Father, is this:
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune
to humble yourself to care for the most helpless and weak among you, and to share in their affliction
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
and to keep your heart devoted to God
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.