James 3:1-12 CSB

Controlling the Tongue

1 Not many should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgment;

References for James 3:1

      2 for we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says,a he is a mature man who is also able to control his whole body.b

      References for James 3:2

        • a 3:2 - Lit in word
        • b 3:2 - Lit to bridle the whole body
          3 Now when we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide the whole animal.c

          References for James 3:3

            • c 3:3 - Lit whole body
              4 And consider ships: though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
              5 So too, though the tongue is a small part [of the body], it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites.
              6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our [bodies]; it pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.
              7 For every creature-animal or bird, reptile or fish-is tamed and has been tamed by man,
              8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
              9 With it we bless ourd Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who are made in God's likeness.

              References for James 3:9

                • d 3:9 - Or bless the
                  10 Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things should not be this way.
                  11 Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening?
                  12 Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers, or a grapevine [produce] figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.