3:1 Be not many teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive greater judgment.
3:2 For we all often offend. If any one offend not in word, *he* [is] a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body too.
3:3 Behold, we put the bits in the mouths of the horses, that they may obey us, and we turn round their whole bodies.
3:4 Behold also the ships, which are so great, and driven by violent winds, are turned about by a very small rudder, wherever the pleasure of the helmsman will.
3:5 Thus also the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. See how little a fire, how large a wood it kindles!
3:6 and the tongue [is] fire, the world of unrighteousness; the tongue is set in our members, the defiler of the whole body, and which sets fire to the course of nature, and is set on fire of hell.
3:7 For every species both of beasts and of birds, both of creeping things and of sea animals, is tamed and has been tamed by the human species;
3:8 but the tongue can no one among men tame; [it is] an unsettled evil, full of death-bringing poison.
3:9 Therewith bless we the Lord and Father, and therewith curse we men made after [the] likeness of God.
3:10 Out of the same mouth goes forth blessing and cursing. It is not right, my brethren, that these things should be thus.
3:11 Does the fountain, out of the same opening, pour forth sweet and bitter?
3:12 Can, my brethren, a fig produce olives, or a vine figs? Neither [can] salt [water] make sweet water.
3:13 Who [is] wise and understanding among you; let him shew out of a good conversation his works in meekness of wisdom;
3:14 but if ye have bitter emulation and strife in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
3:15 This is not the wisdom which comes down from above, but earthly, natural, devilish.
3:16 For where emulation and strife [are], there [is] disorder and every evil thing.
3:17 But the wisdom from above first is pure, then peaceful, gentle, yielding, full of mercy and good fruits, unquestioning, unfeigned.
3:18 But [the] fruit of righteousness in peace is sown for them that make peace.