F. Bridling the Tongue
1 Do not become many 1ateachers, my bbrothers, knowing that we will receive greater 2cjudgment.
2 For in many things we all stumble. If anyone does not stumble in aword, this one is a bperfect man, able to cbridle the whole body as well.
3 Now if we put abridles into the mouths of horses that they would obey us, we direct their whole body as well.
4 Behold, the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, are directed by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the pilot wills.
5 So also the atongue is a little member yet boasts great things. Behold, how great a forest so little a 1fire ignites!
6 And the tongue is a 1afire; the very world of unrighteousness, the tongue is set among our members as that which bcontaminates the whole body and sets on fire the 2course of life and is set on fire by 3Gehenna.
7 For every nature, both of beasts and of birds, both of reptiles and of creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human 1nature;
8 But the tongue no one among men is able to tame; it is a 1restless evil, full of deadly apoison.
9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made according to the alikeness of God.
10 Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, ought not to be so.
11 Does the spring, out of the same 1opening, gush forth the sweet and the bitter?
12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, produce olives? Or a vine, afigs? Neither can 1salt water produce sweet.