James 3
Notes
3:1 My brothers, 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, wherever the governor wants.  
3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles!  
3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets 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 has been tamed of mankind:  
3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  
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 proceeds blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not so to be.  
3:11 Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  
3:12 Can the fig tree, my brothers, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  
3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  
3:14 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  
3:15 This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  
3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  
3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, 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 peace.  
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