Bridling the tongue
Do not become many 1ateachers
, my bbrothers
, knowing that we will receive greater 2cjudgment
For in many things we all stumble. If anyone does not stumble in aword
, this one is a bperfect
man, able to cbridle
the whole body as well.
Now if we put abridles
into the mouths of horses that they would obey us, we direct their whole body as well.
Behold, the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, are directed by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the pilot wills.
So also the atongue
is a little member yet boasts great things. Behold, how great a forest so little a 1fire
And the tongue is a 1afire
; the very
world of unrighteousness, the tongue is set among our members as that which bcontaminates
the whole body and sets on fire the 2course
of life and is set on fire by 3Gehenna
For every nature, both of beasts and of birds, both of reptiles and of creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human 1nature
But the tongue no one among men is able to tame; it is
evil, full of deadly apoison
With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made according to the alikeness
Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, ought not to be so.
Does the spring, out of the same 1opening
, gush forth the sweet and the bitter?
Can a fig tree, my brothers, produce olives? Or a vine, afigs
? Neither can 1salt
water produce sweet.
Behaving in wisdom
Who is awise
and understanding among you? Let him show 1by
manner of life his 2cworks
But if you have bitter ajealousy
and selfish ambition in your heart, do not boast and lie against the btruth
wisdom is not that which descends from aabove
, but is 2earthly
For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there adisorder
and every worthless practice are.
But the 1awisdom
from above is first bpure
, then cpeaceable
, full of dmercy
and good efruit
And the 1afruit
of righteousness is bsown
in cpeace 2by
those who dmake