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1 Only a few of you, my brothers, should be teachers, bearing in mind that we shall receive a stricter judgement.
Luke 12:47-48  1Cor 12:28  1Pet 5:3  Matt 23:13  1Cor 11:29-32  1Tim 1:7  1Tim 2:7 

2 For we all trip up in many ways. Someone who does not trip up in speech has reached perfection and is able to keep the whole body on a tight rein.
1Pet 3:10  Jas 1:26  Matt 12:37  Prov 13:3  Jas 3:5-6  1Kgs 8:46  Jas 1:4 

3 Once we put a bit in the horse's mouth, to make it do what we want, we have the whole animal under our control.
Ps 32:9  Jas 1:26  Ps 39:1  2Kgs 19:28  Isa 37:29 

4 Or think of ships: no matter how big they are, even if a gale is driving them, they are directed by a tiny rudder wherever the whim of the helmsman decides.
Ps 107:25-27  Acts 27:14-38  Jonah 1:4  Matt 8:24 

5 So the tongue is only a tiny part of the body, but its boasts are great. Think how small a flame can set fire to a huge forest;
Jer 9:3-8  Ps 17:10  Ps 52:1-2  Ps 73:8-9  Prov 18:21  Prov 15:2  Ezek 28:2 

6 The tongue is a flame too. Among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a whole wicked world: it infects the whole body; catching fire itself from hell, it sets fire to the whole wheel of creation.
Ps 120:2-3  Prov 16:27  Mark 7:15  Mark 7:20-22  Prov 15:1  Matt 15:11-20  Col 3:8-9 

7 Wild animals and birds, reptiles and fish of every kind can all be tamed, and have been tamed, by humans;
Mark 5:4 

8 but nobody can tame the tongue -- it is a pest that will not keep still, full of deadly poison.
Rom 3:13  Ps 140:3  Jas 3:6  Ps 55:21  Eccl 10:11  Ps 57:4  Ps 59:7 

9 We use it to bless the Lord and Father, but we also use it to curse people who are made in God's image:
1Cor 11:7  Eccl 7:22  Matt 26:74  Ps 59:12  2Sam 19:21  Gen 1:26-27  Matt 5:44 

10 the blessing and curse come out of the same mouth. My brothers, this must be wrong-
1Pet 3:9  Rom 12:14  1Cor 3:3  Jer 7:4-10  Ps 50:16-20  1Tim 5:13  2Sam 13:12 

11 does any water supply give a flow of fresh water and salt water out of the same pipe?

12 Can a fig tree yield olives, my brothers, or a vine yield figs? No more can sea water yield fresh water.
Luke 6:43-44  Jer 2:21  Matt 7:16-20  Isa 5:2-4  Matt 12:33  Rom 11:16-18  2Kgs 2:19-22 

13 Anyone who is wise or understanding among you should from a good life give evidence of deeds done in the gentleness of wisdom.
Jas 3:17  Gal 5:23  Matt 5:5  1Pet 2:12  2Tim 2:25  Col 3:12  Jas 2:18 

14 But if at heart you have the bitterness of jealousy, or selfish ambition, do not be boastful or hide the truth with lies;
Jas 3:16  1Cor 13:4  Phil 2:3  1Cor 3:3  2Cor 12:20  Rom 13:13  Jas 5:19 

15 this is not the wisdom that comes from above, but earthly, human and devilish.
Jas 1:17  Jas 3:17  1Cor 2:14  1Cor 3:19  Jas 1:5  Phil 3:19  2Cor 1:12 

16 Wherever there are jealousy and ambition, there are also disharmony and wickedness of every kind;
Jas 3:14  1Cor 3:3  1John 3:12  Gal 5:20  1Cor 14:33  Gen 11:9  Acts 19:29 

17 whereas the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it is also peaceable, kindly and considerate; it is full of mercy and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it.
Jas 1:17  Rom 12:9  Gal 5:22-23  Jas 1:5  1Cor 2:6-7  1Cor 13:4-7  Jas 3:15 

18 The peace sown by peacemakers brings a harvest of justice.
Matt 5:9  Isa 32:16-17  Phil 1:11  Gal 6:8  Hos 10:12  Prov 11:30  Heb 12:11