The Tongue Is a Fire1 a Let not many of you become teachers b my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a ▼
▼ Or greater condemnationstricter judgment. 2 For we all d stumble in many ways. e If anyone does not stumble in ▼
▼ Lit wordwhat he says, he is a g perfect man, able to h bridle the whole body as well. 3 Now i if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. 4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. 5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it j boasts of great things. k See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! 6 And l the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which m defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our ▼
▼ Or existence, originlife, and is set on fire by ▼
▼ Gr Gehenna, p hell. 7 For every ▼
▼ Lit naturespecies of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human ▼
▼ Lit naturerace. 8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of s deadly poison. 9 With it we bless t our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men u who have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both ▼
▼ Lit sweetfresh and bitter water? 12 w Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce ▼
▼ V 11, note 1fresh.
Wisdom from Above13 Who among you is wise and understanding? y Let him show by his z good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter aa jealousy and ▼
▼ Or strifeselfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against ac the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down ad from above, but is ae earthly ▼
▼ Or unspiritual, ag natural ah demonic. 16 For where ai jealousy and ▼
▼ V 14, note 1selfish ambition exist, ▼
▼ I.e. in that placethere is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom al from above is first am pure, then an peaceable ao gentle ▼
▼ Or willing to yieldreasonable aq full of mercy and good fruits ar unwavering, without as hypocrisy. 18 And the ▼
▼ Lit fruit of righteousness, au seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace ▼
▼ Or forby those who make peace.
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