Parallel Verses

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.

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!

Amplified

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!

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.

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 Look, even though ships are huge and are driven by strong winds, still their direction can be governed by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires to sail. 5 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. 6 And the tongue is [like] a fire [i.e., like that spark]. [For] the tongue, as a part of the body, is [like] the world of evil. It corrupts the entire life [of a person] and inflames the course of nature itself [i.e., it affects a person throughout his whole earthly existence], and is ignited by hell itself [i.e., the evil produced by the fiery tongue has hell as its source and destiny].


Cross References

Revelation 13:5-6

And the beast was given [by the dragon ?] a mouth for making proud claims and [speaking] blasphemous words, and the authority to act for forty-two months [See 11:2; 12:6].

Revelation 13:5

And the beast was given [by the dragon ?] a mouth for making proud claims and [speaking] blasphemous words, and the authority to act for forty-two months [See 11:2; 12:6].

Revelation 13:5

And the beast was given [by the dragon ?] a mouth for making proud claims and [speaking] blasphemous words, and the authority to act for forty-two months [See 11:2; 12:6].

Revelation 13:5-24

And the beast was given [by the dragon ?] a mouth for making proud claims and [speaking] blasphemous words, and the authority to act for forty-two months [See 11:2; 12:6].

Revelation 13:5-15

And the beast was given [by the dragon ?] a mouth for making proud claims and [speaking] blasphemous words, and the authority to act for forty-two months [See 11:2; 12:6].

Revelation 13:5

And the beast was given [by the dragon ?] a mouth for making proud claims and [speaking] blasphemous words, and the authority to act for forty-two months [See 11:2; 12:6].

Revelation 13:5

And the beast was given [by the dragon ?] a mouth for making proud claims and [speaking] blasphemous words, and the authority to act for forty-two months [See 11:2; 12:6].

Revelation 13:5

And the beast was given [by the dragon ?] a mouth for making proud claims and [speaking] blasphemous words, and the authority to act for forty-two months [See 11:2; 12:6].

Revelation 13:5

And the beast was given [by the dragon ?] a mouth for making proud claims and [speaking] blasphemous words, and the authority to act for forty-two months [See 11:2; 12:6].

2 Peter 2:18

[Although] their talk is big, what they say is worthless, and by [offering people] fleshly desires [i.e., sexual gratification], they lead people astray, who are barely escaping from the error of the world.

Jude 1:16

These people are gripers and complainers, living according to their own [evil] desires, whose mouths speak boastfully, and who show partiality [toward certain people] to gain some advantage.

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