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James 3 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged by God with greater strictness. 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, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way. 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 can make a large horse turn around and go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
4 And a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong. 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 thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a great forest on 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 flame of fire. It is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. It can turn the entire course of your life into a blazing flame of destruction, for it is set on fire by hell itself. 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 all kinds of animals and birds and reptiles and fish, 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 an uncontrollable evil, full of deadly poison. 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against those who have been made in the image 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 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
12 Can you pick olives from a fig tree or figs from a grapevine? No, and you can't draw fresh water from a salty pool. 12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
13 If you are wise and understand God's ways, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth. And if you don't brag about the good you do, then you will be truly wise! 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 there is selfish ambition in your hearts, don't brag about being wise. That is the worst kind of lie. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.
15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and motivated by the Devil. 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.
16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder 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 heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always 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 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.