If we put (A)bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet (B)it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And (C)the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, (D)staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,[a] and set on fire by hell.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. James 3:6 Or wheel of birth
  2. James 3:6 Greek Gehenna

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