New Living Translation
In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.
King James Bible
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
Darby Bible Translation
Thus also the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. See how little a fire, how large a wood it kindles!
World English Bible
So the tongue is also a little member, and boasts great things. See how a small fire can spread to a large forest!
Young's Literal Translation
so also the tongue is a little member, and doth boast greatly; lo, a little fire how much wood it doth kindle!
James 3:5 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:5 Boasteth great things - Hath great influence.
LibraryWhether Wisdom is in all who have Grace?
Objection 1: It would seem that wisdom is not in all who have grace. For it is more to have wisdom than to hear wisdom. Now it is only for the perfect to hear wisdom, according to 1 Cor. 2:6: "We speak wisdom among the perfect." Since then not all who have grace are perfect, it seems that much less all who have grace have wisdom. Objection 2: Further, "The wise man sets things in order," as the Philosopher states (Metaph. i, 2): and it is written (James 3:17) that the wise man "judges without dissimulation …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Whether the Seventh Beatitude Corresponds to the Gift of Wisdom?
Whether Backbiting is a Mortal Sin?
Whether Fasting is a Matter of Precept?
May the LORD cut off their flattering lips and silence their boastful tongues.
For Jeduthun, the choir director: A psalm of David. I said to myself, "I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me."
They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others.
Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.
And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.
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