11Let not many of you becometeachers, 2my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a astricterjudgment.
For we all3stumble in many ways. 4Ifanyone does not stumble in bwhat he says, he is a 5perfectman, able to 6bridle the wholebody as well.
3Now7if we put the bits into the horses'mouthsso that they will obey us, we direct their entirebody as well.
4Look at the shipsalso, though they are sogreat and are driven by strongwinds, are still directed by a verysmallrudderwherever the inclination of the pilotdesires.
5Soalso the tongue is a smallpart of the body, and yet it 8boasts of greatthings. 9Seehowgreat a forest is setaflame by such a smallfire!
And 10the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is setamong our members as that which 11defiles the entirebody, and sets on fire the course of our clife, and is set on fire by d12hell.
For everyespecies of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the humanfrace.
But noonecantame the tongue; it is a restlessevil and full of 13deadlypoison.
With it we bless14our Lord and Father, and with it we cursemen, 15who have beenmade in the likeness of God;
from the samemouthcome both blessing and cursing. My brethren, thesethingsought not to be thisway.
Does a fountainsend out from the sameopening both gfresh and bitter water?
1216Can a figtree, my brethren, produceolives, or a vineproducefigs? Nor can saltwaterproducehfresh.