Parallel Verses

Amplified

Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze!

New American Standard Bible

So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!

King James Version

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

Holman Bible

So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites.

International Standard Version

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.

A Conservative Version

So also the tongue is a little body-part, and boasts greatly. Behold a little fire, how much wood it kindles.

American Standard Version

So the tongue also is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how much wood is kindled by how small a fire!

An Understandable Version

So, the tongue is a small part [of the body], yet it boasts of great accomplishments. Look at how large a forest is burned up by even a tiny spark.

Anderson New Testament

So, also, the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a forest does a little fire set in a blaze.

Bible in Basic English

Even so the tongue is a small part of the body, but it takes credit for great things. How much wood may be lighted by a very little fire!

Common New Testament

So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!

Daniel Mace New Testament

so the tongue is but a small part of the body, yet how grand are its pretensions. a spark of fire! what quantities of timber will it blow into a flame?

Darby Translation

Thus also the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. See how little a fire, how large a wood it kindles!

Godbey New Testament

so also the tongue is a little member, and it boasts great things. Behold, how great a wood a little fire kindles!

Goodspeed New Testament

So the tongue is a little organ and yet very boastful. What a great forest a spark will set on fire!

John Wesley New Testament

So the tongue also is a little member, yet boasteth great things. Behold how much matter a little fire kindleth.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

In the same manner, the tongue is a very small member and boasts of great things. Behold, how great a forest a little fire kindles!

Julia Smith Translation

So also the tongue is a small member, and vaunts itself. Behold, how great a wood a little fire inflames

King James 2000

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a forest a little fire kindles!

Lexham Expanded Bible

So also the tongue is a small member [of the body] and boasts great [things]. Behold how small a fire sets ablaze how great a forest!

Modern King James verseion

Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. Behold how little a fire kindles how large a forest!

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

even so the tongue is little member and boasteth great things. Behold how great a thing a little fire kindleth,

Moffatt New Testament

So the tongue is a small member of the body, but it can boast of great exploits. What a forest is set ablaze by a little spark of fire!

Montgomery New Testament

So also the tongue is a small member and makes great boasts. Behold, how great a forest is set on fire by a little spark!

NET Bible

So too the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it has great pretensions. Think how small a flame sets a huge forest ablaze.

New Heart English Bible

So the tongue is also a little member, and boasts great things. See how a small fire can spread to a large forest.

Noyes New Testament

So also the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a forest a little fire kindleth!

Sawyer New Testament

so also the tongue is a small member and boasts of great things. Behold, how much wood a little fire kindles!

The Emphasized Bible

So, also, the tongue, is, a little member, and yet, of great things, maketh boast. Lo! how small a fire, kindleth, how great a forest;

Thomas Haweis New Testament

So also the tongue is a little member, and proudly vaunts. Behold how great a pile of wood, a little fire kindleth!

Twentieth Century New Testament

So is it with the tongue. Small as it is, it is a great boaster. Think how tiny a spark may set the largest forest ablaze!

Webster

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

Weymouth New Testament

In the same way the tongue is an insignificant part of the body, but it is immensely boastful. Remember how a mere spark may set a vast forest in flames.

Williams New Testament

So the tongue, too, is a little organ but can boast of great achievements. See how a spark, ever so tiny, can set a vast forest on fire!

World English Bible

So the tongue is also a little member, and boasts great things. See how a small fire can spread to a large forest!

Worrell New Testament

So also the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how small a fire kindles how great a forest!

Worsley New Testament

So the tongue is a small part of the body, yet boasteth great things. Behold how much fuel a little fire kindleth!

Youngs Literal Translation

so also the tongue is a little member, and doth boast greatly; lo, a little fire how much wood it doth kindle!

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

so
οὕτω 
Houto 
Usage: 146

the tongue
γλῶσσα 
Glossa 
Usage: 48

is
ἐστί 
Esti 
is, are, was, be, have, not tr, , vr is
Usage: 585

a little
μικρός μικρότερος 
Mikros 
ὀλίγος 
Oligos 
Usage: 15
Usage: 28

μέλος 
melos 
Usage: 32

and

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

μεγαλαυχέω 
megalaucheo 
Usage: 1

ἰδού 
Idou 
behold, lo, see
Usage: 140

ἡλίκος 
helikos 
Usage: 2

a matter
ὕλη 
Hule 
Usage: 1

πῦρ 
Pur 
Usage: 53

References

Context Readings

Restraining The Tongue

4 Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze! 6 And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man's nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna).


Cross References

Psalm 73:8-9

They scoff, and wickedly utter oppression; they speak loftily [from on high, maliciously and blasphemously].

Psalm 10:3

For the wicked man boasts (sings the praises) of his own heart's desire, and the one greedy for gain curses and spurns, yes, renounces and despises the Lord.

Psalm 12:2-4

To his neighbor each one speaks words without use or worth or truth; with flattering lips and double heart [deceitfully] they speak.

Psalm 17:10

They are enclosed in their own prosperity and have shut up their hearts to pity; with their mouths they make exorbitant claims and proudly and arrogantly speak.

Psalm 52:1-2

Why boast you of mischief done against the loving-kindness of God [and the godly], O mighty [sinful] man, day after day?

Proverbs 12:18

There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool pours out folly.

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

Jeremiah 9:3-8

And they bend their tongue, [which is] their bow for the lies [they shoot]. And not according to faithfulness do they rule and become strong in the land; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know and understand and acknowledge Me, says the Lord.

Jeremiah 18:18

Then [my enemies] said, Come and let us devise schemes against Jeremiah; for the law [of Moses] shall not perish from the priest [as this false prophet Jeremiah predicts], nor will counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us smite him with the tongue [making a charge against him to the king], and let us not pay any attention to his words.

Ezekiel 28:2

Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God: Because your heart is lifted up and you have said and thought, I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas; yet you are only man [weak, feeble, made of earth] and not God, though you imagine yourself to be almost more than mortal with your mind as the mind of God;

Revelation 13:5-6

And the beast was given the power of speech, uttering boastful and blasphemous words, and he was given freedom to exert his authority and to exercise his will during forty-two months (three and a half years).

Exodus 5:2

But Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.

Exodus 15:9

The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.

2 Kings 19:22-24

Whom have you mocked and reviled and insulted and blasphemed? Against Whom have you raised your voice and haughtily lifted your eyes? Against the Holy One of Israel!

Job 21:14-15

Yet they say to God, Depart from us, for we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.

Job 22:17

They said to God, Depart from us, and, What can the Almighty do for or to us?

Ezekiel 29:3

Say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great monster [of sluggish and unwieldy strength] that lies in the midst of his [delta] streams, [boastfully] declaring, My river Nile is my own and I have made it for myself.

Daniel 3:15

Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, dulcimer or bagpipe, and every kind of music to fall down and worship the image which I have made, very good. But if you do not worship, you shall be cast at once into the midst of a burning fiery furnace, and who is that god who can deliver you out of my hands?

Daniel 4:30

The king said, Is not this the great Babylon that I have built as the royal residence and seat of government by the might of my power and for the honor and glory of my majesty?

2 Peter 2:18

For uttering loud boasts of folly, they beguile and lure with lustful desires of the flesh those who are barely escaping from them who are wrongdoers.

Jude 1:16

These are inveterate murmurers (grumblers) who complain [of their lot in life], going after their own desires [controlled by their passions]; their talk is boastful and arrogant, [and they claim to] admire men's persons and pay people flattering compliments to gain advantage.

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