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James 3:8-18 (Weymouth New Testament)

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8 But the tongue no man or woman is able to tame. It is an ever-busy mischief, and is full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in God's likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth there proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, this ought not to be. 11 In a fountain, are fresh water and bitter sent forth from the same opening? 12 Can a fig-tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a vine yield figs? No; and neither can salt water yield sweet. 13 Which of you is a wise and well-instructed man? Let him prove it by a right life with conduct guided by a wisely teachable spirit. 14 But if in your hearts you have bitter feelings of envy and rivalry, do not speak boastfully and falsely, in defiance of the truth. 15 That is not the wisdom which comes down from above: it belongs to earth, to the unspiritual nature, and to evil spirits. 16 For where envy and rivalry are, there also are unrest and every vile deed. 17 The wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceful, courteous, not self-willed, full of compassion and kind actions, free from favouritism and from all insincerity. 18 And peace, for those who strive for peace, is the seed of which the harvest is righteousness.
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