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Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:1 - Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:2 - We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:3 - When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:4 - Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:5 - Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:6 - The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:7 - All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind,

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:8 - but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:9 - With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:10 - Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:11 - Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:12 - My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:13 - Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:14 - But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:15 - Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:16 - For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:17 - But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:18 - Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
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