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James 3:1-7 (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.
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