The Tongue Is a Fire
1Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a #Or greater condemnationstricter judgment. 2For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in #Lit wordwhat he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. 3Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. 4Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. 5So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.
See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! 6And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our #Or existence, originlife, and is set on fire by #Gr Gehennahell. 7For every #Lit naturespecies of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human #Lit naturerace. 8But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11Does a fountain send out from the same opening both #Lit sweetfresh and bitter water? 12Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce #V 11, note 1fresh.
Wisdom from Above
13Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter jealousy and #Or strifeselfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, #Or unspiritualnatural, demonic. 16For where jealousy and #V 14, note 1selfish ambition exist, #I.e. in that placethere is disorder and every evil thing. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, #Or willing to yieldreasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18And the #Lit fruit of righteousnessseed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace #Or forby those who make peace.