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1 Brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers. You know that we who teach will be judged more severely. 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 All of us make a lot of mistakes. If someone doesn't make any mistakes when he speaks, he would be perfect. He would be able to control everything he does. 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 We put bits in the mouths of horses to make them obey us, and we have control over everything they do. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
4 The same thing is true for ships. They are very big and are driven by strong winds. Yet, by using small rudders, pilots steer ships wherever they want them to go. 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 In the same way the tongue is a small part of the body, but it can brag about doing important things. A large forest can be set on fire by 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 The tongue is that kind of flame. It is a world of evil among the parts of our bodies, and it completely contaminates our bodies. The tongue sets our lives on fire, and is itself set on 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 People have tamed all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man,
8 Yet, no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison. 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. Yet, with the same tongues we curse people, who were created in God's likeness. 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 Praise 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 clean and polluted water flow out of 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 produce olives? Can a grapevine produce figs? In the same way, a pool of salt water can't 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 Do any of you have wisdom and insight? Show this by living the right way with the humility 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 bitterly jealous and filled with self-centered ambition, don't brag. Don't say that you are wise when it isn't true. 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 doesn't come from above. It belongs to this world. It is self-centered and demonic. 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.
16 Wherever there is jealousy and rivalry, there is disorder and every kind of evil. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 However, the wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure. Then it is peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good deeds, impartial, and sincere. 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 A harvest that has God's approval comes from the peace planted by peacemakers. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.