c Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers,
Μὴ πολλοὶ διδάσκαλοι γίνεσθε, ἀδελφοί μου,
for you know
that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
ὅτι μεῖζον κρίμα λημψόμεθα.
For d we all stumble in many ways.
πολλὰ γὰρ πταίομεν ἅπαντες.
And if anyone does not stumble in what he says,
εἴ τις ἐν λόγῳ οὐ πταίει,
e he is a perfect man,
οὗτος τέλειος ἀνὴρ δυνατὸς χαλιναγωγῆσαι
f able also to bridle his whole body.
καὶ ὅλον τὸ σῶμα.
If we put g bits into the mouths of horses
εἰ δὲ τῶν ἵππων τοὺς χαλινοὺς εἰς τὰ στόματα βάλλομεν
so that they obey us,
εἰς τὸ πείθεσθαι αὐτοὺς ἡμῖν,
we guide their whole bodies as well.
καὶ ὅλον τὸ σῶμα αὐτῶν μετάγομεν.
Look at the ships also:
ἰδοὺ καὶ τὰ πλοῖα
though they are so large
and are driven by strong winds,
καὶ ὑπὸ ἀνέμων σκληρῶν ἐλαυνόμενα,
they are guided by a very small rudder
μετάγεται ὑπὸ ἐλαχίστου πηδαλίου
wherever the will of the pilot directs.
ὅπου ἡ ὁρμὴ τοῦ εὐθύνοντος βούλεται,
So also the tongue is a small member,
οὕτως καὶ ἡ γλῶσσα μικρὸν μέλος
yet h it boasts of great things.
ἐστὶν καὶ μεγάλα αὐχεῖ.
26 If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless.
Hearing and Doing the Word 19 g Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak , j slow to anger;
36 I tell you, s on the day of judgment t people will give account for u every careless word they speak ,
3 x Set a guard, O Lord , over my mouth ; y keep watch over the door of my lips !