Dear brothers and sisters, a not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged by God with greater strictness.
We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way.
We can make a large horse turn around and go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth.
And a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong.
So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.
And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. It can turn the entire course of your life into a blazing flame of destruction, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
People can tame all kinds of animals and birds and reptiles and fish,
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)