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! And (C)the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which (D)defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our [a]life, and is set on fire by [b](E)hell. For every [c]species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human [d]race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of (F)deadly poison. With it we bless (G)our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, (H)who have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both [e]fresh and bitter water? 12 (I)Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce [f]fresh.

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Footnotes

  1. James 3:6 Or existence, origin
  2. James 3:6 Gr Gehenna
  3. James 3:7 Lit nature
  4. James 3:7 Lit nature
  5. James 3:11 Lit sweet
  6. James 3:12 V 11, note 1