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James 3:1-6 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.