The Tongue Is a Fire
1Do not become teachers in large numbers, my brothers, since you know that we who are teachers will incur a #Or greater condemnation; i.e., for erroneous doctrinestricter 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 #Or hold in checkrein in the whole body as well. 3Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their whole body as well. 4Look at the ships too: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are nevertheless directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot determines. 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 unrighteousness; the tongue is set among #Lit our partsour body’s parts as that which defiles the whole 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 among mankind can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, these things should not be this way. 11Does a spring send out from the same opening both #Lit sweetfresh and bitter water? 12Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, bear olives, or a vine bear figs? Nor can salt water produce #Lit sweetfresh.
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 #Or strifeselfish ambition exist, #I.e., in that placethere is disorder and every evil thing. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, #Or willing to yieldreasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, #Or unwaveringimpartial, free of hypocrisy. 18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace #Or forby those who make peace.