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The Tongue Is a Fire

1 Let R103 not many of you become teachers, my R104 brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter F50 judgment. 2 For we all stumble R105 in many ways. If R106 anyone does not stumble in what F51 he says, he is a perfect R107 man, able to bridle R108 the whole body as well. 3 Now if R109 we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. 4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. 5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts R110 of great things.

See R111 how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! 6 And the R112 tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles R113 the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, F52 and is set on fire by hell. R114 F53 7 For every species F54 of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. F54 8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly R115 poison. 9 With it we bless our R116 Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who R117 have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh F55 and bitter water? 12 Can R118 a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh. F56

Wisdom from Above

13 Who among you is wise and understanding? Let R119 him show by his good R120 behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy R121 and selfish F57 ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the R122 truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from R123 above, but is earthly, R124 natural, R125 F58 demonic. R126 16 For where jealousy R127 and selfish F59 ambition exist, there F60 is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom from R128 above is first pure, R129 then peaceable, R130 gentle, R131 reasonable, F61 full R132 of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, R133 without hypocrisy. R134 18 And the seed R135 F62 whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by F63 those who make peace.

F50: Or greater condemnation
F51: Lit word
F52: Or existence, origin
F53: Greek Gehenna
F54: Lit nature
F54: Lit nature
F55: Lit sweet
F56: V 11, note+@1
F57: Or strife
F58: Or unspiritual
F59: V 14, note+@1
F60: I.e. in that place
F61: Or willing to yield
F62: Lit fruit of righteousness
F63: Or for

R103: Matthew 23:8; Romans 2:20f; 1 Timothy 1:7
R104: James 1:16; 3:10
R105: James 2:10
R106: Matthew 12:34-37; James 3:2-12
R107: James 1:4
R108: James 1:26
R109: Psalms 32:9
R110: Psalms 12:3f; 73:8f
R111: Proverbs 26:20f
R112: Psalms 120:2,3; Proverbs 16:27
R113: Matthew 12:36f; 15:11,18f
R114: Matthew 5:22
R115: Psalms 140:3; Ecclesiastes 10:11; Romans 3:13
R116: James 1:27
R117: Genesis 1:26; 1 Corinthians 11:7
R118: Matthew 7:16
R119: James 2:18
R120: 1 Peter 2:12
R121: Romans 2:8; 2 Corinthians 12:20; James 3:16
R122: 1 Timothy 2:4; James 1:18; 5:19
R123: James 1:17
R124: 1 Corinthians 2:6; 3:19
R125: 2 Corinthians 1:12; Jude 1:19
R126: 2 Thessalonians 2:9f; 1 Timothy 4:1; Revelation 2:24
R127: Romans 2:8; 2 Corinthians 12:20; James 3:14
R128: James 1:17
R129: 2 Corinthians 7:11; James 4:8
R130: Matthew 5:9; Hebrews 12:11
R131: Titus 3:2
R132: Luke 6:36; James 2:13
R133: James 2:4
R134: Romans 12:9; 2 Corinthians 6:6
R135: Proverbs 11:18; Isaiah 32:17; Hosea 10:12; Amos 6:12; Galatians 6:8; Philippians 1:11


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