James 3 (PKJV)

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  • 1 My brethren, do not let many of you be teachers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgment.
  • 2 Because, we all offend in many things. If anyone does not offend in word, he is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
  • 3 Behold, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their entire body.
  • 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, yet they are turned about by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.
  • 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how large an object a little fire kindles!
  • 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
  • 7 Because, every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and things in the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.
  • 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
  • 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
  • 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
  • 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?
  • 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
  • 13 Who is wise and knowledgeable among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
  • 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
  • 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
  • 16 Because, where envy and selfish ambition exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
  • 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without personal favoritism and without hypocrisy.
  • 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

(King James Version 2016 Edition, 2016)

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