Restraining the Tongue

1 Not many should become teachers, my brothers, [because you] know that we will receive a greater judgment.

References for James 3:1

    • a 3:1 - *Here "[because]" is supplied as a component of the participle ("know") which is understood as causal
    • b 3:1 - Or "greater condemnation"
      2 For we all stumble [in] many [ways]. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he [is] a perfect individual, able to hold in check his whole body also.

      References for James 3:2

        • c 3:2 - Literally "man," but clearly in a generic sense here meaning "someone, a person"
          3 And if we put bits in the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we also guide their whole bodies.
          4 Behold also ships: [although they] are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot wishes.
          5 So also the tongue is a small member [of the body] and boasts great [things]. Behold how small a fire sets ablaze how great a forest!

          References for James 3:5

            • d 3:5 - *The words "of the body" are not in the Greek text but are supplied for clarity
              6 And the tongue [is] a fire! The world of unrighteousness, the tongue, is set among our members, defiling the whole body and setting on fire {the course of human existence}, being set on fire by hell.

              References for James 3:6

                • e 3:6 - Or "a fire, the world of unrighteousness! The tongue is set among our members"
                • f 3:6 - Literally "the wheel of origin"
                  7 For every species of animals and birds, of reptiles and sea creatures, is being tamed and has been tamed by the human species,
                  8 but no human being is able to tame the tongue. [It is] a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
                  9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.

                  References for James 3:9

                    • g 3:9 - *Or possibly "our," if the Greek article is understood as a possessive pronoun
                      10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these [things] ought not to be so!
                      11 A spring does not pour forth from the same opening fresh and bitter [water, does it]?

                      References for James 3:11

                        • h 3:11 - *The negative construction in Greek anticipates a negative answer here
                          12 A fig tree is not able, my brothers, to produce olives, or a grapevine figs. Neither can a saltwater spring produce fresh water.

                          The Wisdom That Comes Down from Above

                          13 Who [is] wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good behavior his works, with the humility of wisdom.

                          References for James 3:13

                            • i 3:13 - *Literally "the"; the Greek article is used here as a possessive pronoun
                              14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truth.
                              15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but [is] earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
                              16 For where [there is] jealousy and selfish ambition, there [is] disorder and every evil practice.
                              17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, obedient, full of mercy and good fruits, nonjudgmental, without hypocrisy,
                              18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace among those who make peace.

                              References for James 3:18

                                • j 3:18 - Or "for"; or possibly "by"