James 3
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1Do not let many be teachers, my brothers, having known that we will receive greater judgment, 2for we all make many stumbles; if anyone does not stumble in word, this one [is] a perfect man, able to also bridle the whole body; 3behold, the bits we put into the mouths of the horses for their obeying us, and we direct their whole body; 4behold, also the ships, being so great, and being driven by fierce winds, are directed by a very small rudder, wherever the impulse of the [one] steering wills, 5so also the tongue is a little member, and boasts greatly; behold, how much forest a little fire kindles! 6And the tongue [is] a fire, the world of the unrighteousness, so the tongue is set in our members, which is spotting our whole body, and is setting on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by Gehenna. 7For every nature, both of beasts and of birds, both of creeping things and things of the sea, is subdued, and has been subdued, by the human nature, 8but no one of men is able to subdue the tongue—[it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison; 9with it we bless the God and Father, and with it we curse the men made according to [the] likeness of God; 10out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing; it does not need, my brothers, these things to so happen; 11does the fountain out of the same opening pour forth the sweet and the bitter? 12Is a fig tree able, my brothers, to make olives? Or a vine figs? Neither is salty [water able] to have made sweet water.

13Who [is] wise and intelligent among you? Let him show his works out of good behavior in meekness of wisdom, 14yet, if you have bitter zeal, and rivalry in your heart, do not glory, nor lie against the truth; 15this wisdom is not descending from above, but earthly, physical, demon-like, 16for where zeal and rivalry [are], there is insurrection and every evil matter; 17but the wisdom from above, first, indeed, is pure, then peaceable, gentle, well-convinced, full of kindness and good fruits, uncontentious, and unhypocritical— 18and the fruit of righteousness in peace is sown to those making peace.


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