Bible: James 3:5-12

3:5 So too the tongue is a small part of the body, 1  yet it has great pretensions. 2  Think 3  how small a flame sets a huge forest ablaze. 3:6 And the tongue is a fire! The tongue represents 4  the world of wrongdoing among the parts of our bodies. It 5  pollutes the entire body and sets fire to the course of human existence – and is set on fire by hell. 6 

3:7 For every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and sea creature 7  is subdued and has been subdued by humankind. 8  3:8 But no human being can subdue the tongue; it is a restless 9  evil, full of deadly poison. 3:9 With it we bless the Lord 10  and Father, and with it we curse people 11  made in God’s image. 3:10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters. 12  3:11 A spring does not pour out fresh water and bitter water from the same opening, does it? 3:12 Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers and sisters, 13  or a vine produce figs? Neither can a salt water spring produce fresh water.

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