1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more severely than others.
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
2 For all of us make many mistakes. If someone does not make any mistakes when he speaks, he is perfect and able to control his whole body.
2 For we all stumble and sin in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says [never saying the wrong thing], he is a perfect man [fully developed in character, without serious flaws], able to bridle his whole body and rein in his entire nature [taming his human faults and weaknesses].
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
3 Now if we put bits into horses' mouths to make them obey us, we can guide their whole bodies as well.
3 Now if we put bits into the horses’ mouths to make them obey us, we guide their whole body as well.
4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.
4 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 governor listeth.
4 And consider ships: Though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
4 And look at ships! They are so big that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the helmsman directs.
4 And look at the ships. Even though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
5 In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it can boast of great achievements. A huge forest can be set on fire by a little flame.
5 In the same sense, the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.See [by comparison] how great a forest is set on fire by a small spark!
6 And (J)the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which (K)defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our (c)life, and is set on fire by (d)(L)hell.
6 And the tongue 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.
6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the whole body,(F) sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.
6 The tongue is a fire, a world of evil. Placed among the parts of our bodies, the tongue contaminates the whole body and sets on fire the course of life, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 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:
7 Every sea creature, reptile, bird, or animal is tamed and has been tamed by man,
7 For all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures can be or have been tamed by humans,
7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and sea creatures, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison.
8 But no one can tame the human tongue; it is a restless evil [undisciplined, unstable], full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in God's likeness.
9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God.
10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
10 Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers, these things should not be this way.
10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. It should not be like this, my brothers!
10 Out of the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, should not be this way [for we have a moral obligation to speak in a manner that reflects our fear of God and profound respect for His precepts].
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
11 Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening?
11 A spring cannot pour both fresh and brackish water from the same opening, can it?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
12 Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.
12 My brothers, a fig tree cannot produce olives, nor a grapevine figs, can it? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
13 Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his noble conduct that his actions are done humbly and wisely.
13 Who among you is wise and intelligent? Let him by his good conduct show his [good] deeds with the gentleness and humility of true wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
14 But if you have bitter jealousy and rivalry in your hearts, stop boasting and slandering the truth.
14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be arrogant, and [as a result] be in defiance of the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
15 That kind of wisdom does not come from above. No, it is worldly, self-centered, and demonic.
15 This [superficial] wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly (secular), natural (unspiritual), even demonic.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
16 For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.
16 For wherever jealousy and rivalry exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.
16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder [unrest, rebellion] and every evil thing and morally degrading practice.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
17 However, the wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure, then peace-loving, gentle, willing to yield, full of compassion and good deeds, and without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.
17 But the wisdom from above is first pure [morally and spiritually undefiled], then peace-loving [courteous, considerate], gentle, reasonable [and willing to listen], full of compassion and good fruits. It is unwavering, without [self-righteous] hypocrisy [and self-serving guile].
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
18 And a harvest of righteousness is grown from the seed of peace planted by peacemakers.
18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness (spiritual maturity) is sown in peace by those who make peace [by actively encouraging goodwill between individuals].
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