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III.  My brethren, be not many teachers, knowing that we shall receive greater condemnation.

2For in many things we all offend. If any one offends not in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle also the whole body.

3Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths, that they may obey us, we turn about also their whole body.

4Behold also the ships, though they are so great, and driven by fierce winds, are turned about by a very small helm, whithersoever the steersman may desire.

5So also the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a forest a little fire kindles!

6And the tongue is a fire, that world of iniquity! The tongue among our members is that which defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of life, and is set on fire by hell.

7For every nature of beasts and birds, of reptiles and things in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed, by the nature of man.

8But the tongue no man can tame; a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9Therewith we bless the Lord and Father; and therewith we curse men, who have been made after the likeness of God.

10Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11Does the fountain, out of the same opening, send forth the sweet and the bitter?

12Can a fig-tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a vine figs? Neither can salt water yield fresh.

13Who is wise and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show, out of his good deportment, his works in meekness of wisdom.

14But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, do not glory, and lie against the truth.

15This wisdom is not one that comes down from above, but earthly, sensual, devilish.

16For where there is emulation and strife, there is confusion and every evil work.

17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, forbearing, easily persuaded, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace, by those who work peace.