13 As the proverb of the ancients says, (A)‘Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.’ But my hand shall not be against you.

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For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
And his heart will work (A)iniquity:
To practice ungodliness,
To utter error against the Lord,
To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.

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18 But (A)those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.

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45 (A)A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil [a]treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out (B)of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

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  1. Luke 6:45 NU omits treasure of his heart

29 (A)Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but (B)what is good for necessary [a]edification, (C)that it may impart grace to the hearers.

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  1. Ephesians 4:29 building up

For (A)we all stumble in many things. (B)If anyone does not stumble in word, (C)he is a [a]perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. [b]Indeed, (D)we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so (E)the tongue is a little member and (F)boasts great things.

See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And (G)the tongue is a fire, a world of [c]iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it (H)defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of [d]nature; and it is set on fire by [e]hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, (I)full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made (J)in the [f]similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a (K)fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? [g]Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

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  1. James 3:2 mature
  2. James 3:3 NU Now if
  3. James 3:6 unrighteousness
  4. James 3:6 existence
  5. James 3:6 Gr. Gehenna
  6. James 3:9 likeness
  7. James 3:12 NU Neither can a salty spring produce fresh water.