James 31Not many should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive greater judgment. 2For we all stumble in many things. If any man does not stumble in word, this is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3Behold we put bits into the mouths of horses for them to obey us, and we guide about their whole body. 4Behold also the ships, being so great and driven by fierce winds, are guided about by a very small rudder, wherever the impulse of the man who steers determines. 5So also the tongue is a little body-part, and boasts greatly. Behold a little fire, how much wood it kindles. 6And the tongue is a fire, the world of unrighteousness. Thus, the tongue is made to lead among our body-parts, defiling the whole body, and setting the cycle of nature on fire, and being set on fire by hell. 7For every species, both of beasts and of birds, both of creeping things and things in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by the human species. 8But no man is able to tame the tongue of men, an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9By it we bless the God and Father, and by it we curse men, who were made according to a likeness of God. 10Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and curse. My brothers, these things ought not to happen this way. 11Does the spring pour out from the same opening the sweet and the bitter? 12A fig tree, my brothers, cannot make olives, or a grapevine figs. In the same way, no one spring makes water salty and sweet. 13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show from his good behavior his works in meekness of wisdom. 14But if ye have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not boast, and do not lie against the truth. 15This wisdom is not descending from above, but is earthly, world-soul, demonic. 16For where envy and selfish ambition are, there is instability and every evil deed. 17But the wisdom from above is indeed first pure, then peaceful, gentle, easily entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and non-hypocritical. 18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace to those who make peace.
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