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James 3:1-6 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 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 stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he 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 Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn 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 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 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 boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 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. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by 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.