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.


FOOTNOTES:

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