The Tongue is a Fire
James 3:1-5
With the Lord's help, control your tongue or it will control you.
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Published April 28th, 2016
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Everyone, especially teachers, should be careful what comes out of their mouths, because the tongue is powerfully able to define us and control the direction of our lives.
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James 3:1-5
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a Let not many of you become teachers, b my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a 1 stricter judgment.
Brothers, you should not all become teachers
c Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers,
for those who teach will be judged
for you know that we who teach will be judged
by a stricter means
with greater strictness.
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For we all a stumble in many ways. b If anyone does not stumble in 1 what he says, he is a c perfect man, able to d bridle the whole body as well.
For we all stumble
For d we all stumble in many ways.
But if anyone does not stumble
And if anyone does not stumble in what he says,
then he is perfect
e he is a perfect man,
that is able to control his whole body.
f able also to bridle his whole body.
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Now a if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.
Just as if we put a bit in a horses mouth
If we put g bits into the mouths of horses
with the result that it obeys us
so that they obey us,
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then we guide its whole body as well.
we guide their whole bodies as well.
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Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.
And consider how large the ships are
Look at the ships also: though they are so large
and that they are driven by strong winds
and are driven by strong winds,
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yet they are driven by a small rudder
they are guided by a very small rudder
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wherever the pilot directs.
wherever the will of the pilot directs.
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So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it a boasts of great things. b See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!
just as the rudder is small, so is the tongue
So also the tongue is a small member,
yet it boasts of great things.
yet h it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
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Chris Thomas
Excellent. Clear links and insightful logic.
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