James 3:11

11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

Read James 3:11 Using Other Translations

Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?
Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water?

What does James 3:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
James 3:11

Doth a fountain send forth at the same place
"Or hole"; for at divers places, and at different times, as Pliny F13 observes, it may send forth

sweet [water] and bitter:
and it is reported F14, there is a lake with the Trogloditae, a people in Ethiopia, which becomes thrice a day bitter, and then as often sweet; but then it does not yield sweet water and bitter at the same time: this simile is used to show how unnatural it is that blessing and cursing should proceed out of the same mouth.


F13 Nat. Hist. l. 2. c. 103.
F14 Isodor. Hispal. Originum, l. 13. c. 13. p. 115.
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