James 3

1 My brethren, do* not let many of you* become teachers, knowing that we will be receiving a greater judgment. 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 Behold we put the bridles into the mouths of the horses *that* they should be obedient to us, and we direct their whole body. 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.
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! 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. 7 For* every nature of beasts and birds, of reptiles and sea-creatures, is tamed and has been tamed by human nature. 8 But no one from mankind is able to tame the tongue; it is an uncontrollable evil, full of deadly poison. 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. 10 A thanks and a curse comes out of the same mouth. My brethren, these things do not need to become so! 11 The spring is not gushing sweet and bitter water from the same hole in the ground, is it? 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. 13 Who is wise and knowledgeable among you*? Let him show out of his good conduct his works in meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you* have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your* heart, do* not boast and lie* against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not a wisdom coming down from above, but is earthly, physical, demonic. 16 For* where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is unrest and every evil matter. 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. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who are making* peace.

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