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James 3:4-6 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Behold also ships: although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot wishes. So also the tongue is a small member of the body[a] and boasts great things. Behold how small a fire sets ablaze how great a forest! And the tongue is a fire! The world of unrighteousness,[b] the tongue, is set among our members, defiling the whole body and setting on fire the course of human existence[c], being set on fire by hell.


  1. James 3:5 The words “of the body” are not in the Greek text but are supplied for clarity
  2. James 3:6 Or “a fire, the world of unrighteousness! The tongue is set among our members”
  3. James 3:6 Literally “the wheel of origin”
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