1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brethren, since you know that we will receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. If someone does not stumble in speech, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. 3 And if we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole body as well.4 See also the ships—though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member—yet it boasts of great things.#3:5. cf. Ps. 12:3-4; Prov. 26:20-21. See how so small a fire sets a blaze so great a forest! 6 And the tongue is a fire.#3:6. cf. Prov. 16:27. The tongue is a world of evil placed among our body parts. It pollutes the whole body and sets on fire the course of life—and is set on fire by Gehenna.
7 For every species of beasts and birds, reptiles and sea creatures, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.#3:8. cf. Ps. 140:3. 9 With it we bless Adonai and Father, and with it we curse people, who are made in the image of God.#3:9. cf. Gen. 1:26. 10 From the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things should not be. 11 A spring doesn’t pour out fresh and bitter water from the same opening, does it? 12 My brethren, can a fig tree produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Neither can salt water produce fresh water.
Gentle Wisdom from Above
13 Who among you is wise and understanding? By his good conduct let him show his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, not hypocritical. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in shalom by those who make shalom.#3:18. cf. Hos. 10:12.
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