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James 3

MSG 1 Don't be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends. Teaching is highly responsible work. Teachers are held to the strictest standards. NIV 1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. MSG 2 And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you'd have a perfect person, in perfect control of life. NIV 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. MSG 3 A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. NIV 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. MSG 4 A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. NIV 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. MSG 5 A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything - or destroy it! NIV 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. MSG 6 A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. NIV 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. MSG 7 This is scary: You can tame a tiger, NIV 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, MSG 8 but you can't tame a tongue - it's never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. NIV 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. MSG 9 With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. NIV 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. MSG 10 Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! NIV 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. MSG 11 A spring doesn't gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? NIV 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? MSG 12 Apple trees don't bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don't bear apples, do they? You're not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you? NIV 12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. MSG 13 Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here's what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It's the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. NIV 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. MSG 14 Mean-spirited ambition isn't wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn't wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn't wisdom. NIV 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. MSG 15 It's the furthest thing from wisdom - it's animal cunning, devilish conniving. NIV 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. MSG 16 Whenever you're trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others' throats. NIV 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. MSG 17 Real wisdom, God's wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. NIV 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. MSG 18 You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor. NIV 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.