James

James 3 ©

1We must not rashly take upon ourselves to reprove others. 2The importance, difficulty, and duty, of governing the tongue. 13True wisdom will shew itself in meekness, peaceableness, and charity, in opposition to strife and envying.

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MY brethren, abe not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater 1condemnation.

a Ec. 7.16. Mat. 7.1,2; 23.8,10,14. Lu. 6.37,38. Ro. 2.1-3,20,21. 2Co. 1.24. 1Pe. 5.3. Pr. 16.18. Lu. 12.47,48. Mat. 11.22,24.
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bFor in many things we offend all. If cany man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

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Behold, dwe put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

d Ps. 32.9. Is. 37.29. Pr. 26.3. Ps. 39.1.
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Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and eare driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor *listeth.

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fEven so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a 2*matter a little fire kindleth!

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gAnd 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 3course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

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For every 4kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of 5mankind:

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But the tongue can no man tame; it his an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

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iTherewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, jwhich are made after the similitude of God.

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kOut of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

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Doth a fountain send forth at the same 6place sweet water and bitter?

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lCan the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

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mWho is a wise man and *endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good n*conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

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But if ye have obitter envying and strife in your hearts, pglory not, and lie not against the truth.

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qThis wisdom descendeth not rfrom above, but is earthly, 7sensual, devilish.

r ch. 1.17.
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sFor where envying and strife is, there is 8confusion and every evil work.

s Ga. 5.15,20,21,26. 1Co. 3.3. ch. 4.1.
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tBut the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, ugentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without 9partiality, and without hypocrisy.

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vAnd the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.