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James 3 :: Darby Translation (DBY)

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Be not many teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive greater judgment.

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For we all often offend. If any one offend not in word, *he* is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body too.

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Behold, we put the bits in the mouths of the horses, that they may obey us, and we turn round their whole bodies.

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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.

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Thus also the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. See how little a fire, how large a wood it kindles!

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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.

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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;

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but the tongue can no one among men tame; it is an unsettled evil, full of death-bringing poison.

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Therewith bless we the Lord and Father, and therewith curse we men made after the likeness of God.

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Out of the same mouth goes forth blessing and cursing. It is not right, my brethren, that these things should be thus.

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Does the fountain, out of the same opening, pour forth sweet and bitter?

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Can, my brethren, a fig produce olives, or a vine figs? Neither can salt water make sweet water.

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Who is wise and understanding among you; let him shew out of a good conversation his works in meekness of wisdom;

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but if ye have bitter emulation and strife in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.

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But the wisdom from above first is pure, then peaceful, gentle, yielding, full of mercy and good fruits, unquestioning, unfeigned.

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But the fruit of righteousness in peace is sown for them that make peace.
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