20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
26If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
The book of James describes well the heart of God in the use of words and the enormity of the consequences that result in the recklessness of the use of that little member “which is able to save your souls.”
In every way we are cautioned to bridle (curb or restrain) our tongue whilst in use and to be wise in speaking because it is hard to withdraw words spoken especially in moments of high emotional sentiments.
The tongue is small but it can be very destructive if not used with wisdom and caution
Words that are spoken in violent anger, hatred, envy, malice, jealousy, covetousness, dissension and prejudice are not of God and these contradict the command that has been given us.
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
1NOT MANY [of you] should become teachers ([a]self-constituted censors and reprovers of others), my brethren, for you know that we [teachers] will be judged by a higher standard and with greater severity [than other people; thus we assume the greater accountability and the more condemnation].
2For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature.
3If we set bits in the horses' mouths to make them obey us, we can turn their whole bodies about.
4Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines.
5Even so the tongue is a little member and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze!
6And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man's nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna).
7For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea animal, can be tamed and has been tamed by human genius (nature).
8But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison.
9With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God's likeness!
10Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brethren, ought not to be so.
If any man among you seems to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
Like A TOOL IN USE----once put to the task it is usually hard to go certain steps backwards to undo work done e.g. the power saw which is used to cut a piece of wood that has been measured to specifications, suddenly the user of the saw realizes he has cut wrongly, the possibility to patch the pieces can never be like the whole or original again.
It is best to make very sure, before the wood is CUT.
13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16Do not err, my beloved brethren.
26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
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