Main point summary
Though the tongue has proven itself untameable, our new life in Christ informs us that we should not accept the abhorrent truth of a forked tongue.
So also the tongue is a small member, yet h it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
And i the tongue is a fire,
a world of unrighteousness.
The tongue is set among our members,
j staining the whole body,
setting on fire the entire course of life, 1
and set on fire by hell. 2
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed
but no human being can tame the tongue.
It is a restless evil,
k full of deadly poison.
With it we bless our Lord and Father,
and with it we curse people
l who are made in the likeness of God.
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.
My brothers, 1 these things ought not to be so.
Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?
Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives,
or a grapevine produce figs?
Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.
I have felt a little rushed this week and am not completely satisfied that I've got the heart of this passage. However, I've set myself the challenge of getting work posted regularly, so any feedback on this would be appreciated.