- The Tongue Spreads Evil (3:5-6)
- The Tongue Is Impossible to Tame (3:7-8)
- The Tongue Makes Us Liable to Judgment (3:9-12)
However, James's predominant emphasis in the passage is more negative: warning that judgment is real and that we all stumble, intending that we should humbly repent of our impure speech. He dwells then on the potential for evil rather than the potential for good with one's tongue. Three dangers are specified.