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1 My brethren, be not many teachers, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 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 in many things we all offend. If any man offendeth not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 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 Behold, we put bits in the mouths of horses, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they are so great, and [are] driven by fierce winds, yet they are turned about with a very small helm, withersoever the governor willeth. 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 little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 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, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is 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 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of animals in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed by mankind: 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 can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With this we bless God, even the Father; and with this we curse men, who are made after the similitude 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 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter? 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
12 Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear olive-berries? or a vine, figs? so no fountain [can] yield both salt water and fresh. 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] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show by a good deportment his works with meekness 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 ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not 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 wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, demoniacal. 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.
16 For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and 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 by them that make peace. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.