5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it 1boasts of great things. 2See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!

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6 And 3the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which 4defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by 5hell.

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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 6deadly poison.

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          9 With it we bless 7our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, 8who 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.