5Soalso the tongue is a smallpart of the body, and yet it 1boasts of greatthings. 2Seehowgreat a forest is setaflame by such a smallfire!
And 3the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is setamong our members as that which 4defiles the entirebody, and sets on fire the course of our alife, and is set on fire by b5hell.
For everycspecies of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the humandrace.
But noonecantame the tongue; it is a restlessevil and full of 6deadlypoison.
With it we bless7our Lord and Father, and with it we cursemen, 8who have beenmade in the likeness of God;
from the samemouthcome both blessing and cursing. My brethren, thesethingsought not to be thisway.