James 3:1-7 NLT

1 Dear brothers and sisters,a not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.

References for James 3:1

    • 3:1 - Greek brothers; also in 3:10 .
      2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
      3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth.
      4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.
      5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.
      6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.b

      References for James 3:6

        • 3:6 - Or for it will burn in hell (Greek Gehenna ).
          7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish,