1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers
and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with
2 For all of us
make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is
perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle.
3 If we put bits
into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole
4 Or look at ships:
though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them,
yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of
the pilot directs.
5 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!
6 And the tongue
is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of
iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature,
and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 For every species
of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and
has been tamed by the human species,
8 but no one can
tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With it we bless
the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in
the likeness of God.
10 From the same
mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought
not to be so.
11 Does a spring
pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?
12 Can a fig tree,
my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more
can salt water yield fresh.