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1 Do not all be teachers, my brothers, because we teachers will be judged more hardly than others. 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 go wrong in a number of things. If a man never makes a slip in his talk, then he is a complete man and able to keep all his body in control. 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 Now if we put bits of iron into horses' mouths so that they may be guided by us, we have complete control of their bodies. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
4 And again ships, though they are so great and are moved by violent winds, are turned by a very small guiding-blade, at the impulse of the man who is using it. 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 Even so the tongue is a small part of the body, but it takes credit for great things. How much wood may be lighted by a very little fire! 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; it is the power of evil placed in our bodies, making all the body unclean, putting the wheel of life on fire, and getting its fire from 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 sort of beast and bird and every living thing on earth and in the sea has been controlled by man and is under his authority; 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man,
8 But the tongue may not be controlled by man; it is an unresting evil, it is full of the poison of death. 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With it we give praise to our Lord and Father; and with it we put a curse on men who are made in God's image. 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 Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers, it is not right for these things to be so. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
11 Does the fountain send from the same outlet sweet and bitter water? 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
12 Is a fig-tree able to give us olives, my brothers, or do we get figs from a vine, or sweet water from the salt sea? 12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
13 Who has wisdom and good sense among you? let him make his works clear by a life of gentle 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 envy in your heart and the desire to get the better of others, have no pride in this, talking falsely against what is true. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.
15 This wisdom is not from heaven, but is of the earth and the flesh and the Evil One. 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.
16 For where envy is, and the desire to get the better of others, there is no order, but every sort of evil-doing. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom which is from heaven is first holy, then gentle, readily giving way in argument, full of peace and mercy and good works, not doubting, not seeming other than it is. 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 planted in peace for those who make peace. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.