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James Chapter 3:1-6

For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

James 3:1-6
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My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.
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For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
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Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
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Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.
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Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
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And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
  1. Why should not many of us become teachers?
    James 3:1
    My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.
  2. How do we all stumble?
    James 3:2
    For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
  3. Who is a perfect man?
    James 3:2
    For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
  4. What is he able to bridle?
    James 3:2
    For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
  5. What are we able to do with a horses' bit?
    James 3:3
    Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
  6. What can turn a ship?
    James 3:4
    Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.
  7. What does the tongue do?
    James 3:5
    Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
  8. What is the tongue?
    James 3:6
    And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.

James Chapter 3:7-12

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue.

James 3:7-12
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For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.
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But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
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With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
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Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
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Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?
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Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
  1. Even though the tongue is little, what does it boast?
    James 3:6
    And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
  2. What does it kindle?
    James 3:6
    And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
  3. What does the tongue defile?
    James 3:6
    And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
  4. What does it set on fire?
    James 3:6
    And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
  5. What is the tongue set on fire by?
    James 3:6
    And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
  6. What can be tamed?
    James 3:7
    For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.
  7. Why can no man tame the tongue?
    James 3:8
    But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
  8. Who do men bless with it?
    James 3:9
    With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
  9. Who do men curse with it?
    James 3:9
    With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
  10. In whose image are they made?
    James 3:9
    With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
  11. What proceeds out of the same mouth?
    James 3:10
    Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
  12. Should this be?
    James 3:10
    Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
  13. What does a spring not bring forth?
    James 3:11
    Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?
  14. What does a fig tree, or grapevine not bear?
    James 3:12
    Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
  15. What does not spring yield?
    James 3:12
    Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

James Chapter 3:13-18

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

James 3:13-18
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Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
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But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
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This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
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For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
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But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
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Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
  1. What should a wise and understanding person show?
    James 3:13
    Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
  2. If you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your heart, what are you not to do?
    James 3:14
    But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
  3. What is this wisdom?
    James 3:15
    This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
  4. Where there is envy and self-seeking, what exists?
    James 3:16
    For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
  5. How is the wisdom from above?
    James 3:17
    But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
  6. Who is the fruit of righteousness sown by?
    James 3:18
    Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.