James 3:16

16 For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.

James 3:16 Meaning and Commentary

Ver. 16 For where envying and strife is
Where these are cherished in the heart, and especially where they break out into action, in families, neighbourhoods, states, or churches:

there is confusion and every evil work;
these occasion disturbances, raise uneasiness, make disquietude, and cause tumults whenever they appear; and put persons upon doing everything that is wicked, to gratify such insatiable lusts.

James 3:16 In-Context

14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don't brag and lie in defiance of the truth.
15 Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
16 For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.
17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.