1 Do not many become teachers, my brothers, understanding that we will receive a great judgement. 2 For we all stumble many times. If someone does not stumble in the word, he is a perfected man, able to keep the whole body in check. 3 And if of horses we cast the bridle into their mouths for them to be obedient to us, we also lead their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, being so great and driven by harsh winds, it is nonetheless led by the smallest rudder where ever the impulse of the steersman wishes: 5 so too the tongue is a small appendage but boasts greatly. Behold how much fire kindles so much wood: 6 the tongue is also fire, a world of unrighteousness, the tongue is appointed among our appendages, defiling the whole body, burning up the wheel of creation and itself burned up by Gehenna. 7 For the all kinds of beasts and flying creatures, creeping things and sea-creatures is tamed and has been tamed by human nature: 8 but the tongue of man no one is able to tame: a fickle evil full of deadly poison. 9 In it we praise the lord and father, and in it we curse men who have been made in the likeness of god: 10 from the same mouth come blessings and curses. My brothers, things ought not be thus. 11 Surely a spring does not gush from the same opening, both sweet and bitter? 12 My brothers, would a fig tree make olives, or a vine figs? Or sweet water make salt?
13 Who is wise and knowledgeable among you? Let him show his works by noble conduct in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 If you hold bitter rivalry and conniving ambition in your heart, do not exult in it or be deceptive with respect to the truth. 15 This wisdom is not come down from above, but rather it is earthly, animalistic, demonic. 16 For where rivalry and conniving ambition are, there too upheaval and every sorry affair. 17 Wisdom from above is, first of all, sacred and then, peaceful, fair, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, unambiguous, and unfeigned. 18 And in peace the fruit of righteousness is sown for those who make peace.