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James 3 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 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 We all make many mistakes. If people never said anything wrong, they would be perfect and able to control their entire selves, too. 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 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can control 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 People can tame every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have tamed them, 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man,
8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is wild and evil and full of deadly poison. 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people, whom God made like himself. 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 Praises and curses come from the same mouth! My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
11 Do good and bad water flow from the same spring? 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives, or can a grapevine make figs? No! And a well full of salty water cannot give good water. 12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
13 Are there those among you who are truly wise and understanding? Then they should show it by living right and doing good things with a gentleness that comes from 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 are selfish and have bitter jealousy in your hearts, do not brag. Your bragging is a lie that hides 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 That kind of "wisdom" does not come from God but from the world. It is not spiritual; it is from the devil. 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.
16 Where jealousy and selfishness are, there will be confusion and every kind of evil. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from God is first of all pure, then peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help those who are troubled and to do good for others. It is always fair and honest. 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 People who work for peace in a peaceful way plant a good crop of right-living. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.