Brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers. You know that we who teach will be judged more severely.
All of us make a lot of mistakes. If someone doesn't make any mistakes when he speaks, he would be perfect. He would be able to control everything he does.
We put bits in the mouths of horses to make them obey us, and we have control over everything they do.
The same thing is true for ships. They are very big and are driven by strong winds. Yet, by using small rudders, pilots steer ships wherever they want them to go.
In the same way the tongue is a small part of the body, but it can brag about doing important things. A large forest can be set on fire by a little flame.
The tongue is that kind of flame. It is a world of evil among the parts of our bodies, and it completely contaminates our bodies. The tongue sets our lives on fire, and is itself set on fire from hell.