Taming the Tongue
1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.2 For in many things we sin all. If any man sin not in word, he is a perfect man, and able to bridle all the body. 3 Behold, we put bits into the horses' mouths, that they should obey us, and we turn about all their body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small rudder, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth of great things; behold, how great a thing a little fire kindleth. 6 And the tongue is fire, yea, a world of wickedness; so is the tongue set 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.
7 For the whole nature of beasts, and of birds, and of creeping things, and things of the sea is tamed, and hath been tamed of the nature of man. 8 But the tongue can no man tame. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God even the Father, and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of one mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doeth a fountain send forth at one place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bring forth olives, either a vine, figs? So can no fountain make both salt water and sweet.
1 Corinthians 14:8
And also if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to battle?
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