James 3:5
NASB Lexicon
NASB ©GreekTransliterationStrong'sDefinitionOrigin
Soοὗτωςoutōs3779in this way, thusadverb from houtos,
alsoκαὶkai2532and, even, alsoa prim. conjunction
the tongueγλῶσσαglōssa1100the tongue, a languagefrom a prim. root glóch- (projecting point)
is a smallμικρὸνmikron3398small, littlea prim. word
partμέλοςmelos3196a member or limb (of the body)a prim. word
of the body, and [yet] it boasts  850ato boastfrom auché (boasting)
of great things.μεγάλαmegala3173greata prim. word
SeeἸδοῦidou2400look, beholdfrom eidon, used as a demonstrative particle
howἡλίκονēlikon2245how great, how smallakin to root of hélikia
greatἡλίκηνēlikēn2245how great, how smallakin to root of hélikia
a forestὕληνulēn5208wood, timber, foresta prim. word
is set aflameἀνάπτειanaptei381to kindlefrom ana and haptó
by such a small  2245how great, how smallakin to root of hélikia
fire!πῦρpur4442firea prim. word
KJV Lexicon
ουτως  adverb
houto  hoo'-to:  after that, after (in) this manner, as, even (so), for all that, like(-wise), no more, on this fashion(-wise), so (in like manner), thus, what.
και  conjunction
kai  kahee:  and, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words
η  definite article - nominative singular feminine
ho  ho:  the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) -- the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.
γλωσσα  noun - nominative singular feminine
glossa  gloce-sah':  the tongue; by implication, a language (specially, one naturally unacquired) -- tongue.
μικρον  adjective - nominative singular neuter
mikros  mik-ros':  small (in size, quantity, number or (figuratively) dignity) -- least, less, little, small.
μελος  noun - nominative singular neuter
melos  mel'-os:  a limb or part of the body -- member.
εστιν  verb - present indicative - third person singular
esti  es-tee':  he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are
και  conjunction
kai  kahee:  and, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words
μεγαλαυχει  verb - present active indicative - third person singular
megalaucheo  meg-al-ow-kheh'-o:  to talk big, i.e. be grandiloquent (arrogant, egotistic) -- boast great things.
ιδου  verb - second aorist active middle - second person singular
idou  id-oo':  used as imperative lo!; -- behold, lo, see.
ολιγον  adjective - nominative singular neuter
oligos  ol-ee'-gos:  puny (in extent, degree, number, duration or value); especially neuter (adverbially) somewhat -- + almost, brief(-ly), few, (a) little, + long, a season, short, small, a while.
πυρ  noun - nominative singular neuter
pur  poor:  fire (literally or figuratively, specially, lightning) -- fiery, fire.
ηλικην  adjective - accusative singular feminine
helikos  hay-lee'-kos:  as big as, i.e. (interjectively) how much -- how (what) great.
υλην  noun - accusative singular feminine
hule  hoo-lay':  a forest, i.e. (by implication) fuel -- matter.
αναπτει  verb - present active indicative - third person singular
anapto  an-ap'-to:  to enkindle -- kindle, light.
Parallel Verses
New American Standard Bible
So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!

King James Bible
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites.

International Standard Version
In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it can boast of great achievements. A huge forest can be set on fire by a little flame.

NET Bible
So too the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it has great pretensions. Think how small a flame sets a huge forest ablaze.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In this way, also, the tongue is a small member and has dominion; even a small fire kindles a great forest.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the same way the tongue is a small part of the body, but it can brag about doing important things. A large forest can be set on fire by a little flame.

King James 2000 Bible
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a forest a little fire kindles!
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