20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Other Translations of James 1:20

New International Version

20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

English Standard Version

20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

The Message

20 God's righteousness doesn't grow from human anger.

New King James Version

20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

New Living Translation

20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on James 1:20

Commentary on James 1:19-21

(Read James 1:19-21)

Instead of blaming God under our trials, let us open our ears and hearts to learn what he teaches by them. And if men would govern their tongues, they must govern their passions. The worst thing we can bring to any dispute, is anger. Here is an exhortation to lay apart, and to cast off as a filthy garment, all sinful practices. This must reach to sins of thought and affection, as well as of speech and practice; to every thing corrupt and sinful. We must yield ourselves to the word of God, with humble and teachable minds. Being willing to hear of our faults, taking it not only patiently, but thankfully. It is the design of the word of God to make us wise to salvation; and those who propose any mean or low ends in attending upon it, dishonour the gospel, and disappoint their own souls.