For we all1stumble in many ways. 2Ifanyone does not stumble in awhat he says, he is a 3perfectman, able to 4bridle the wholebody as well.
3Now5if 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 6boasts of greatthings. 7Seehowgreat a forest is setaflame by such a smallfire !
And 8the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity ; the tongue is setamong our members as that which 9defiles the entirebody, and sets on fire the course of our blife, and is set on fire by c10hell.
For everydspecies of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the humanerace.
But noonecantame the tongue ; it is a restlessevil and full of 11deadlypoison.
With it we bless12our Lord and Father, and with it we cursemen, 13who 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 ffresh and bitter water?
1214Can a figtree, my brethren, produceolives, or a vineproducefigs ? Nor can saltwaterproducegfresh.