- Be not many teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive greater judgment.
- For we all often offend.
If any one offend not in word, *he* [is] a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body too.
- Behold, we put the bits in the mouths of the horses, that they may obey us, and we turn round their whole bodies.
- Behold also the ships, which are so great, and driven by violent winds, are turned about by a very small rudder, wherever the pleasure of the helmsman will.
- Thus also the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things.
See how little a fire, how large a wood it kindles!
- and the tongue [is] fire, the world of unrighteousness;
the tongue is set in our members, the defiler of the whole body, and which sets fire to the course of nature, and is set on fire of hell.
- For every species both of beasts and of birds, both of creeping things and of sea animals, is tamed and has been tamed by the human species;
- but the tongue can no one among men tame;
[it is] an unsettled evil, full of death-bringing poison.
- Therewith bless we the Lord and Father, and therewith curse we men made after [the] likeness of God.
- Out of the same mouth goes forth blessing and cursing.
It is not right, my brethren, that these things should be thus.
- Does the fountain, out of the same opening, pour forth sweet and bitter?
- Can, my brethren, a fig produce olives, or a vine figs?
Neither [can] salt [water] make sweet water.
- Who [is] wise and understanding among you;
let him shew out of a good conversation his works in meekness of wisdom;
- but if ye have bitter emulation and strife in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
- This is not the wisdom which comes down from above, but earthly, natural, devilish.
- For where emulation and strife [are], there [is] disorder and every evil thing.
- But the wisdom from above first is pure, then peaceful, gentle, yielding, full of mercy and good fruits, unquestioning, unfeigned.
- But [the] fruit of righteousness in peace is sown for them that make peace.