By governing the tongue, we gain perfection—Heavenly wisdom is pure, peaceable, and full of mercy.
1 My brethren, abe not many bmasters, knowing that we shall creceive the greater condemnation.
2 For in many things we aoffend all. If any man boffend not in cword, the same is a dperfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the agovernor listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and aboasteth great things. Behold, how great a bmatter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the atongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the atongue can no man tame; it is an bunruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith acurse we men, which are made after the bsimilitude of God.
10 Out of the same amouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a afountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good aconversation his works with bmeekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and astrife in your hearts, bglory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where aenvying and bstrife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the awisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and beasy to be entreated, full of cmercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without dhypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of arighteousness is sown in bpeace of them that make cpeace.