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3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive
the greater condemnation.
3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word,
the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3:3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us;
and we turn about their whole body.
3:4 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 governor listeth.
3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things.
Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 3:6 And the tongue
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.
3:7 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: 3:8 But
the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly
3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we
men, which are made after the similitude of God.
3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My
brethren, these things ought not so to be.
3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and
bitter? 3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries?
either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and
3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him
shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory
not, and lie not against the truth.
3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual,
3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every
3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable,
gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits,
without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make