Modern Literal Version
[James 3]

     3:1 My brethren, doĎ not let many of youĎ become teachers, knowing that we will be receiving a greater judgment. 3:2 For* we all trip in many things. If anyone does not trip in speech, this one is a mature man, is also able to bridle the whole body. 3:3 Behold we put the horses' bridles into their mouths that they are to be obedient to us, and we direct their whole body. 3:4 Behold also the ships, though being so-great and are driven by harsh winds, yet they are directed by a little rudder, wherever the impulse of the steersman is planning.

     3:5 So the tongue is also a little member and boasts of magnificent things. Behold, how-vast a forest it lights with such a small fire! 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, the world of unrighteousness. Thus the tongue is designated among our members as what stains the whole body and ignites the birth cycle {i.e. the cycle of life} and is ignited by hell. 3:7 For* every nature of beasts and birds, of reptiles and sea-creatures, is tamed and has been tamed by human nature. 3:8 But no one from mankind is able to tame the tongue; it is an uncontrollable evil, full of deadly poison. 3:9 We are giving-thanks to God and the Father with* it and we curse men with* it, those who have become according to the likeness of God. 3:10 A thanks and a curse comes out of the same mouth. My brethren, these things do not need to become so! 3:11 The spring is not gushing sweet and bitterwater from the same hole in the ground, is it? 3:12 My brethren, a fig tree is not able to produce olives or a vine produce figs, are they? Thus no spring is able to produce both salty and sweet water.

     3:13 Who is wise and knowledgeable among youĎ? Let him show out of his good conduct his works in meekness of wisdom. 3:14 But if youĎ have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in yourĎheart, doĎ not boast and lieĎ against the truth. 3:15 This wisdom is not a wisdom coming down from above, but is earthly, physical, demonic. 3:16 For* where jealousy and selfish ambition are, thereis unrest and every evil matter. 3:17 But the wisdom which is from above is indeed first pure, thereafter is peaceful, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and non-pretended. 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who are making* peace.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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