James 3 (New American Standard)

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The Tongue Is a Fire

1 1Let not many of you become teachers, 2my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a astricter judgment. 2 For we all 3stumble in many ways. 4If anyone does not stumble in bwhat he says, he is a 5perfect man, able to 6bridle the whole body as well. 3 Now 7if 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 8boasts of great things. 9See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! 6 And 10the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which 11defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our clife, and is set on fire by d12hell. 7 For every especies of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human frace. 8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of 13deadly poison. 9 With it we bless 14our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, 15who 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 gfresh and bitter water? 12 16Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce hfresh.

Wisdom from Above

13 Who among you is wise and understanding? 17Let him show by his 18good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter 19jealousy and iselfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against 20the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down 21from above, but is 22earthly, j23natural, 24demonic. 16 For where 25jealousy and kselfish ambition exist, lthere is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom 26from above is first 27pure, then 28peaceable, 29gentle, mreasonable, 30full of mercy and good fruits, 31unwavering, without 32hypocrisy. 18 And the n33seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace oby those who make peace.
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