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James 3 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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The Tongue Is a Fire

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:1 -

Do not become teachers in large numbers, my brothers, since you know that we who are teachers will incur a [fn]stricter judgment.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:2 - For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in [fn]what he says, he is a perfect man, able to [fn]rein in the whole body as well.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:3 - Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their whole body as well.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:4 - Look at the ships too: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are nevertheless directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot determines.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:5 - So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.

See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:6 - And the tongue is a fire, the very world of unrighteousness; the tongue is set among [fn]our body’s parts as that which defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of our [fn]life, and is set on fire by [fn]hell.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:7 - For every [fn]species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human [fn]race.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:8 - But no one among mankind can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:9 - With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people, who have been made in the likeness of God;
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:10 - from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, these things should not be this way.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:11 - Does a spring send out from the same opening both [fn]fresh and bitter water?
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:12 - Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, bear olives, or a vine bear figs? Nor can salt water produce [fn]fresh.

Wisdom from Above

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:13 -

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:14 - But if you have bitter jealousy and [fn]selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:15 - This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, [fn]natural, demonic.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:16 - For where jealousy and [fn]selfish ambition exist, [fn]there is disorder and every evil thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:17 - But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, [fn]reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, [fn]impartial, free of hypocrisy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:18 - And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace [fn]by those who make peace.
NASB20 Footnotes
Or greater condemnation; i.e., for erroneous doctrine
Lit word
Or hold in check
Lit our parts
Or existence, origin
Gr Gehenna
Lit nature
Lit nature
Lit sweet
Lit sweet
Or strife
Or unspiritual
Or strife
I.e., in that place
Or willing to yield
Or unwavering
Or for

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