Chapter 3

JAM.3:1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.
JAM.3:2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
JAM.3:3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
JAM.3:4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.
JAM.3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
JAM.3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
JAM.3:7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.
JAM.3:8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
JAM.3:9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
JAM.3:10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
JAM.3:11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?
JAM.3:12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
JAM.3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
JAM.3:14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
JAM.3:15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
JAM.3:16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
JAM.3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
JAM.3:18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

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