James 3:6
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New International Version
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

New Living Translation
And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

English Standard Version
And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

Berean Study Bible
The tongue also is a fire, a world of wickedness among the parts of the body. It pollutes the whole person, sets the course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Berean Literal Bible
The tongue also is a fire, the world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, defiling all the body, and setting on fire the course of nature, and itself being set on fire by Gehenna.

New American Standard Bible
And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.

King James Bible
And 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 course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.

International Standard Version
The tongue is a fire, a world of evil. Placed among the parts of our bodies, the tongue contaminates the whole body and sets on fire the course of life, and is itself set on fire by hell.

NET Bible
And the tongue is a fire! The tongue represents the world of wrongdoing among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the entire body and sets fire to the course of human existence--and is set on fire by hell.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the tongue is a fire and a world of sin; it is like a jungle. And that tongue by itself, while it is among our members, defiles our whole body and sets on fire the successions of generations, which roll on like wheels; it also burns with fire.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The tongue is that kind of flame. It is a world of evil among the parts of our bodies, and it completely contaminates our bodies. The tongue sets our lives on fire, and is itself set on fire from hell.

New American Standard 1977
And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.

Jubilee Bible 2000
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.

King James 2000 Bible
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 nature; and it is set on fire by hell.

American King James Version
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 nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

American Standard Version
And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is placed among our members, which defileth the whole body, and inflameth the wheel of our nativity, being set on fire by hell.

Darby Bible Translation
and the tongue [is] fire, the world of unrighteousness; the tongue is set in our members, the defiler of the whole body, and which sets fire to the course of nature, and is set on fire of hell.

English Revised Version
And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell.

Webster's Bible Translation
And 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 course of nature; and it is set on fire from hell.

Weymouth New Testament
And the tongue is a fire. That world of iniquity, the tongue, is placed within us spotting and soiling our whole nature, and setting the whole round of our lives on fire, being itself set on fire by Gehenna.

World English Bible
And the tongue is a fire. The world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by Gehenna.

Young's Literal Translation
and the tongue is a fire, the world of the unrighteousness, so the tongue is set in our members, which is spotting our whole body, and is setting on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by the gehenna.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:1-12 We are taught to dread an unruly tongue, as one of the greatest evils. The affairs of mankind are thrown into confusion by the tongues of men. Every age of the world, and every condition of life, private or public, affords examples of this. Hell has more to do in promoting the fire of the tongue than men generally think; and whenever men's tongues are employed in sinful ways, they are set on fire of hell. No man can tame the tongue without Divine grace and assistance. The apostle does not represent it as impossible, but as extremely difficult. Other sins decay with age, this many times gets worse; we grow more froward and fretful, as natural strength decays, and the days come on in which we have no pleasure. When other sins are tamed and subdued by the infirmities of age, the spirit often grows more tart, nature being drawn down to the dregs, and the words used become more passionate. That man's tongue confutes itself, which at one time pretends to adore the perfections of God, and to refer all things to him; and at another time condemns even good men, if they do not use the same words and expressions. True religion will not admit of contradictions: how many sins would be prevented, if men would always be consistent! Pious and edifying language is the genuine produce of a sanctified heart; and none who understand Christianity, expect to hear curses, lies, boastings, and revilings from a true believer's mouth, any more than they look for the fruit of one tree from another. But facts prove that more professors succeed in bridling their senses and appetites, than in duly restraining their tongues. Then, depending on Divine grace, let us take heed to bless and curse not; and let us aim to be consistent in our words and actions.
Study Bible
Taming the Tongue
5In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it boasts of great things. Consider how small a spark sets a great forest on fire. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of wickedness among the parts of the body. It pollutes the whole person, sets the course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man,…
Cross References
Psalm 120:2
Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, From a deceitful tongue.

Psalm 120:3
What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue?

Proverbs 16:27
A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are like scorching fire.

Isaiah 50:11
Behold, all you who kindle a fire, Who encircle yourselves with firebrands, Walk in the light of your fire And among the brands you have set ablaze. This you will have from My hand: You will lie down in torment.

Matthew 5:22
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be subject to the fire of hell.

Matthew 12:36
But I tell you that men will give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

Matthew 15:11
A man is not defiled by what enters his mouth, but by what comes out of it."

Matthew 15:18
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a man.

James 3:7
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man,
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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 nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

the tongue.

Judges 12:4-6 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought …

2 Samuel 19:43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have …

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, …

2 Chronicles 10:13-16 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the …

2 Chronicles 13:17 And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there …

Psalm 64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot …

Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison …

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 16:27 An ungodly man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

Proverbs 26:20,21 Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, …

Isaiah 30:27 Behold, the name of the LORD comes from far, burning with his anger, …

a world.

James 2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which you are called?

Genesis 3:4-6 And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die…

Leviticus 24:11 And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the Lord, …

Numbers 25:2 And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods: and the …

Numbers 31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel …

Deuteronomy 13:6 If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, …

Judges 16:15-20 And she said to him, How can you say, I love you, when your heart …

1 Samuel 22:9-17 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of …

2 Samuel 13:26-29 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray you, let my brother Amnon go with …

2 Samuel 15:2-6 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: …

2 Samuel 16:20-23 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do…

2 Samuel 17:1,2 Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve …

1 Kings 21:5-15 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, Why is your spirit …

Proverbs 1:10-14 My son, if sinners entice you, consent you not…

Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brothers.

Proverbs 7:5,21-23 That they may keep you from the strange woman, from the stranger …

Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say …

Jeremiah 28:16 Therefore thus said the LORD; Behold, I will cast you from off the …

Matthew 12:24,32-36 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not …

Matthew 15:11-20 Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which …

Mark 7:15,20-22 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile …

Mark 14:55-57 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against …

Acts 6:13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceases not to speak …

Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, …

Romans 3:13,14 Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used …

Romans 16:17,18 Now I beseech you, brothers, mark them which cause divisions and …

Ephesians 5:3,4 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not …

Colossians 3:8,9 But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, …

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because …

Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching …

2 Peter 2:1,2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, …

3 John 1:10 Why, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he does, prating …

Jude 1:8-10,15-18 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, …

Revelation 2:14,15 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them …

Revelation 13:1-5,14 And I stood on the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of …

Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you…

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked …

it is.

Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send …

Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to …

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

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