Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1There should not be many teachers among you, my brethren, but you should know that we will incur greater judgment, 2For all of us stumble much. Everyone who does not slip in his speech is a perfect man who can subdue also his whole body. 3And behold, we put a bridle in the mouths of horses, so that they will submit to us and we turn their whole bodies. 4Also, mighty ships, which are steered by the wind and a hard small piece of wood, are driven to wherever the will of the helmsman determines. 5In this way, also, the tongue is a small member and has dominion; even a small fire kindles a great forest. 6And the tongue is a fire and a world of sin; it is like a jungle. And that tongue by itself, while it is among our members, defiles our whole body and sets on fire the successions of generations, which roll on like wheels; it also burns with fire*. 7And all kinds of animals, birds and creeping things of the sea and of the land* are tamed by the nature of humanity, 8But the tongue no man is able to tame, this evil which is uncontrolled; it is full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless THE LORD JEHOVAH* and The Father; with it we curse the children of men who are made in the image of God. 10From the mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these sorts of things ought not be done. 11Is it possible that from one spring, sweet and bitter waters go out? 12Or can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine, figs? So neither can salt water be made sweet.
13Who of you is wise and instructed? Let him show his works in a beautiful way of life in the wisdom of meekness. 14But if you have bitter envy or contention in your hearts, do not be puffed up against the truth and lie. 15Because this wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, from the thoughts of the self and from demons. 16For where there is envy and contention there is also chaos and every evil thing. 17But the wisdom that is from above is pure, filled with peace, meek and attentive, filled with love and good fruit, without division and does not show partiality. 18But the fruits of righteousness are sown in peace by those who make peace.