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James 3 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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The Tongue Is a Fire

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:1 - Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we 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 bridle 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 entire body as well.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:4 - 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.
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 iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire 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 can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:9 - With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:10 - from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:11 - Does a fountain send out from the same opening both [fn]fresh and bitter water?
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:12 - Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce 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 peaceable, gentle, [fn]reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:18 - And the [fn]seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace [fn]by those who make peace.
NASB95 Footnotes
Or, greater condemnation
Literally: word
Or, existence, origin
Gr Gehenna
Literally: nature
Literally: sweet
V 11, note 1
Or, strife
Or, unspiritual
V 14, note 1
I.e. in that place
Or, willing to yield
Literally: fruit of righteousness
Or, for

New American Standard Bible 1995
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