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1 Not many should become teachers, my brothers, [because you] know that we will receive a greater judgment. 1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
2 For we all stumble [in] many [ways]. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he [is] a perfect individual, able to hold in check his whole body also. 2 We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.
3 And if we put bits in the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we also guide their whole bodies. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
4 Behold also ships: [although they] are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot wishes. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
5 So also the tongue is a small member [of the body] and boasts great [things]. Behold how small a fire sets ablaze how great a forest! 5 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
6 And the tongue [is] a fire! The world of unrighteousness, the tongue, is set among our members, defiling the whole body and setting on fire {the course of human existence}, being set on fire by hell. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 For every species of animals and birds, of reptiles and sea creatures, is being tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man,
8 but no human being is able to tame the tongue. [It is] a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness.
10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these [things] ought not to be so! 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
11 A spring does not pour forth from the same opening fresh and bitter [water, does it]? 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
12 A fig tree is not able, my brothers, to produce olives, or a grapevine figs. Neither can a saltwater spring produce fresh water. 12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
13 Who [is] wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good behavior his works, with the humility of wisdom. 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truth. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.
15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but [is] earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.
16 For where [there is] jealousy and selfish ambition, there [is] disorder and every evil practice. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, obedient, full of mercy and good fruits, nonjudgmental, without hypocrisy, 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace among those who make peace. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.