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James 3:1–10

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My brethren, abe not many bmasters, knowing that we shall receive the greater ||condemnation. For cin many things we doffend all. eIf any man doffend not in word, fthe same is a gperfect man, and able also hto bridle the whole body. Behold, iwe put hbits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 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. Even so the tongue is a little member, and kboasteth great things. Behold, how great ||a matter a little fire kindleth! And lthe tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that mit defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and nit is set on fire of ohell. 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: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, pfull of deadly poison. Therewith bless we qGod, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, rwhich are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

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a
b

See 2 Macc. 1:10 (Gk. & Engl.). & Acts 13:1 (Gk.).

||

Or, judgment. 1 Cor. 11:34.

c
d

ch. 2:10.

e

Ecclus. 14:1. & 19:16. & 25:8. & 37:18. See ch. 1:19, 26.

d

ch. 2:10.

f
g

See ch. 1:4.

h

ch. 1:26. So ver. 3.

i

So Ps. 32:9. & 39:1.

h

ch. 1:26. So ver. 3.

k
||

Or, wood. Ecclus. 28:10.

l
m

Matt. 15:11, 18. So ch. 1:26.

[Gr. wheel]. Comp. Eccles. 12:6.

n
o

Gr. nature.

Gr. nature of man.

p
q

See ch. 1:27.

r

See Gen. 1:26.