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James 3 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:1 - Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater strictness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:2 - For we all make many mistakes, and if any one makes no mistakes in what he says he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:3 - If we put bits into the mouths of horses that they may obey us, we guide their whole bodies.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:4 - Look at the ships also; though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:5 - So the tongue is a little member and boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:6 - And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:7 - For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by humankind,
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:8 - but no human being can tame the tongue--a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:9 - With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the likeness of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:10 - From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brethren, this ought not to be so.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:11 - Does a spring pour forth from the same opening fresh water and brackish?
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:12 - Can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:13 - Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good life let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:14 - But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:15 - This wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:16 - For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:17 - But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:18 - And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
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