The Tongue Is a Fire

1 1Let not many of you become teachers, 2my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.
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2 For we all 3stumble in many ways. 4If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a 5perfect man, able to 6bridle the whole body as well.
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3 Now 7if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.
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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!
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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 life, and is set on fire by 12hell.
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    • c 3:6 - Or "existence, origin"
    • d 3:6 - Gr "Gehenna"
      7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.
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        • e 3:7 - Lit "nature"
        • f 3:7 - Lit "nature"
          8 But no one * can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of 13deadly poison.
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          9 With it we bless 14our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, 15who have been made in the likeness of God;
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          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 fresh and bitter water?
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            • g 3:11 - Lit "sweet"
              12 16Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.
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              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.
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              14 But if you have bitter 19jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against 20the truth.
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              16 For where 25jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.
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                • k 3:16 - V 14, note 1
                • l 3:16 - I.e. in that place
                  18 And the 33seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
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