- Be not many [of you] teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive heavier judgment.
- For in many things we all stumble.
If any stumbleth not in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.
- Now if we put the horses’ bridles into their mouths that they may obey us, we turn about their whole body also.
- Behold, the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, are yet turned about by a very small rudder, whither the impulse of the steersman willeth.
- So the tongue also is a little member, and boasteth great things.
Behold, how much wood is kindled by how small a fire!
- And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell.
- For every kind of beasts and birds, of creeping things and things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed by mankind.
- But the tongue can no man tame;
[it is] a restless evil, [it is] full of deadly poison.
- Therewith bless we the Lord and Father;
and therewith curse we men, who are made after the likeness of God:
- out of the same mouth cometh forth blessing and cursing.
My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
- Doth the fountain send forth from the same opening sweet [water] and bitter?
- Can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a vine figs?
Neither [can] salt water yield sweet.
- Who is wise and understanding among you?
let him show by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom.
- But if ye have bitter jealousy and faction in your heart, glory not and lie not against the truth.
- This wisdom is not [a wisdom] that cometh down from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
- For where jealousy and faction are, there is confusion and every vile deed.
- But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without variance, without hypocrisy.
- And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for them that make peace.