THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF
By governing the tongue we gain perfection—Heavenly wisdom is pure, peaceable, and full of mercy.
not many bmasters
, knowing that we shall creceive
the greater condemnation.
For in many things we aoffend
all. If any man boffend
not in cword
, the same is
able also to bridle the whole body.
Behold, we put bits 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 agovernor
Even so the tongue is a little member, and aboasteth
great things. Behold, how great a bmatter
a little fire kindleth!
And the atongue is
a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
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 atongue
can no man tame; it is
evil, full of deadly poison.
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith acurse
we men, which are made after the bsimilitude
Out of the same amouth
proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Doth a afountain
send forth at the same place sweet water
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good aconversation
his works with bmeekness
But if ye have bitter envying and astrife
in your hearts, bglory
not, and lie not against the truth.
This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
For where aenvying
and bstrife is,
confusion and every evil work.
But the awisdom
that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and beasy
to be intreated, full of cmercy
and good fruits, without partiality, and without dhypocrisy