Parallel Verses

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!

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.

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 Behold also the ships, which though they are so great are driven of fierce winds, yet they are governed with a very small rudder, wherever the governor desires. 5 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! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of our nature; and it is set on fire of hell.


Cross References

Psalm 73:8-9

They are lawless and speak wickedly of doing violence; they speak loftily.

Psalm 10:3

For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire and blesses the covetous, whom the LORD abhors.

Psalm 12:2-4

Each one speaks vanity with his neighbour: they speak with flattering lips and with a double heart.

Psalm 17:10

They are closed in with their own fat; with their mouth they speak proudly.

Psalm 52:1-2

Why dost thou boast of evil, O strong man? The mercy of God is day by day.

Proverbs 12:18

There are those that speak like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is medicine.

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise shall adorn wisdom, but the mouth of fools shall speak foolishness.

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those that love it shall eat its fruit.

Jeremiah 9:3-8

And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies, but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth for they proceed from evil to evil, and they did not recognize me, said the LORD.

Jeremiah 18:18

Then they said, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not consider any of his words.

Ezekiel 28:2

Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyre, Thus hath the Lord GOD said: Because thy heart has lifted thee up and thou hast said, I am God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas (yet thou art man, and not God); and thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God:

Revelation 13:5-6

And there was given unto it a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto it to continue forty and two months.

Exodus 5:2

And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should hearken to his voice to let Israel go? I do not know 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 soul shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.

2 Kings 19:22-24

Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? And against whom hast thou exalted thy voice and lifted up thine eyes on high? Against the Holy One of Israel.

Job 21:14-15

Therefore, they say unto God, Depart from us; for we do not desire the knowledge of thy ways.

Job 22:17

Who said unto God, Depart from us; and what can the Almighty do unto us?

Ezekiel 29:3

Speak and say, Thus hath the Lord GOD said: Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lies in the midst of his rivers, who has said, My river is my own, and I have made it for myself.

Daniel 3:15

Now, are ye ready when ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and of every musical instrument to fall down and worship the statue which I made? For if ye do not worship, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that god that shall deliver you out of my hands?

Daniel 4:30

the king spoke and said, Is this not the great Babylon that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power and for the glory of my greatness?

2 Peter 2:18

For speaking arrogant words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from those who converse in error,

Jude 1:16

These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own desires; and their mouth speaks arrogant things, admiring persons to take advantage.

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