My brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
We all make many mistakes. If people never said anything wrong, they would be perfect and able to control their entire selves, too.
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can control their whole bodies.
Also a ship is very big, and it is pushed by strong winds. But a very small rudder controls that big ship, making it go wherever the pilot wants.
It is the same with the tongue. It is a small part of the body, but it brags about great things. A big forest fire can be started with only a little flame.
And the tongue is like a fire. It is a whole world of evil among the parts of our bodies. The tongue spreads its evil through the whole body. The tongue is set on fire by hell, and it starts a fire that influences all of life.