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