Taming The Tongue
Not many of you should presume to be Teachers, my brothers,
Because you k now that we who Teach will be Judged more Strictly.
2 WE ALL STUMBLE IN MANY WAYS.
If anyone is never at fault in what he says,
He is a Prefect man,
Able to keep his whole body in check.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses
To make them obey us,
We can turn the whole animal.
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.
5 Like wise 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.
6 THE TONGUE ALSO IS A FIRE,
A WORLD OF EVIL AMONG THE PARTS OF THE BODY.
IT CORRUPTS THE WHOLE PERSON,
SETS THE WHOLE COURSE OF HIS LIFE ON FIRE,
AND IS ITSELF SET ON FIRE BY HELL.
7 All kinds of animals, birds reptiles and creatures of the sea
Are being tamed and have been tamed by man,
8 BUT NO MAN CAN TAME THE TONGUE.
IT IS A RESTLESS EVIL, FULL OF DEADLY POISON.
9 With the tongue we Praise our Lord and Father,
And with it we Curse men,
Who have been made in God's likeness.
10 OUT OF THE MOUTH COME PRAISE AND CURSING.
MY BROTHERS, THIS SHOULD NOT BE.
11 CAN FRESH WATER AND SALT WATER
FLOW FROM THE SAME SPRING?
12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives,
Or a grapevine bear figs?
NEITHER CAN A SALT SPRING PRODUCE FRESH WATER.
Two Kinds Of Wisdom
13 Who is wise and understanding among you?
LET HIM SHOW IT BY HIS GOOD LIFE,
BY DEEDS DONE IN HUMILITY
THAT COMES FROM WISDOM.
14 But if you harbor Bitter Envy and Selfish Ambition in your hearts,
Do not boast about it or deny the truth.
15 SUCH WISDOM DOES NOT COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN
BUT IS EARTHLY, UNSPIRITUAL, OF THE DEVIL.
16 FOR WHERE YOU HAVE ENVY AND SELFISH AMBITION,
THERE YOU FIND DISORDER AND EVERY EVIL PRACTICE.
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.
18 PEACEMAKERS WHO SOW IN PEACE
RAISE A HARVEST OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.