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James 3:1-6 (English Standard Version)

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Taming the Tongue

1 1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For 2we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, 3he is a perfect man, 4able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put 5bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet 6it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And 7the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, 8staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,a and set on fire by hell.b
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