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James 3:5

Even so the tongue is a little member, and kboasteth great things. Behold, how great ||a matter a little fire kindleth!

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James 3:5 — The New International Version (NIV)

Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

James 3:5 — English Standard Version (ESV)

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

James 3:5 — New Living Translation (NLT)

In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.

James 3:5 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.

See how great a forest a little fire kindles!

James 3:5 — New Century Version (NCV)

It is the same with the tongue. It is a small part of the body, but it brags about great things.

A big forest fire can be started with only a little flame.

James 3:5 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

So the tongue also is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how much wood is kindled by how small a fire!

James 3:5 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Thus also the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. See how little a fire, how large a wood it kindles!

James 3:5 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

In the same way the tongue is a small part of the body, but it can brag about doing important things. 

A large forest can be set on fire by a little flame.

James 3:5 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites.

James 3:5 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.

How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!

James 3:5 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

So also the tongue is a small member of the body and boasts great things. Behold how small a fire sets ablaze how great a forest!

James 3:5 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body. But it brags a lot. Think about how a small spark can set a big forest on fire.

James 3:5 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.

See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!


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