James 3:6
Good News Translation
And the tongue is like a fire. It is a world of wrong, occupying its place in our bodies and spreading evil through our whole being. It sets on fire the entire course of our existence with the fire that comes to it from hell itself.

New Revised Standard Version
And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Contemporary English Version
The tongue is like a spark. It is an evil power that dirties the rest of the body and sets a person's entire life on fire with flames that come from hell itself.

New American Bible
The tongue is also a fire. It exists among our members as a world of malice, defiling the whole body and setting the entire course of our lives on fire, itself set on fire by Gehenna.

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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.

the tongue.

Judges 12:4-6 Then calling to him all the men of Galaad, he fought against Ephraim: and the men of Galaad defeated Ephraim, because he had said: Galaad is a fugitive of Ephraim, and dwelleth in the midst of Ephraim and Manasses. . . .

2 Samuel 19:43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Juda, and said: I have ten parts in the king more than thou, and David belongeth to me more than to thee: why hast thou done me a wrong, and why was it not told me first, that I might bring back my king? And the men of Juda answered more harshly than the men of Israel.

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Seba, the son of Bochri, a man of Jemini: and he sounded the trumpet, and said: We have no part in David, nor inheritance in the son of Isai: return to thy dwellings, O Israel.

2 Chronicles 10:13-16 And the king answered roughly, leaving the counsel of the ancients. . . .

2 Chronicles 13:17 And Abia and his people slew them with a great slaughter, and there fell wounded of Israel five hundred thousand valiant men.

Psalm 64:3 For they have whetted their tongues like a sword; they have bent their bow a bitter thing,

Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent: the venom of asps is under their lips.

Proverbs 15:1 A mild answer breaketh wrath: but a harsh word stirreth up fury.

Proverbs 16:27 The wicked man diggeth evil, and in his lips is a burning fire.

Proverbs 26:20,21 When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease. . . .

Isaiah 30:27 Behold the name of the Lord cometh from afar, his wrath burneth, and is heavy to bear: his lips are filled with indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire.

a world.

James 2:7 Do not they blaspheme the good name that is invoked upon you?

Genesis 3:4-6 And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death. . . .

Leviticus 24:11 And when he had blasphemed the name, and had cursed it, he was brought to Moses. (Now his mother was called Salumith, the daughter of Dabri, of the tribe of Dan.)

Numbers 25:2 Who called them to their sacrifices. And they ate of them, and adored their gods.

Numbers 31:16 Are not these they, that deceived the children of Israel by the counsel of Balaam, and made you transgress against the Lord by the sin of Phogor, for which also the people was punished?

Deuteronomy 13:6 If thy brother the son of thy mother, or thy son, or daughter, or thy wife that is in thy bosom, or thy friend, whom thou lovest as thy own soul, would persuade thee secretly, saying: Let us go, and serve strange gods, which thou knowest not, nor thy fathers,

Judges 16:15-20 And Dalila said to him: How dost thou say thou lovest me, when thy mind is not with me? Thou hast told me lies these three times, and wouldst not tell me wherein thy greatest strength lieth. . . .

1 Samuel 22:9-17 And Doeg, the Edomite, who stood by, and was the chief among the servants of Saul, answering, said: I saw the son of Isai, in Nobe, with Achimelech, the son of Achitob, the priest. . . .

2 Samuel 13:26-29 And Absalom said: If thou wilt not come, at least let my brother Ammon, I beseech thee, come with us. And the king said to him: It is not necessary that he should go with thee. . . .

2 Samuel 15:2-6 And Absalom rising up early stood by the entrance of the gate, and when any man had business to come to the king's judgment, Absalom called him to him, and said: Of what city art thou? He answered, and said: Thy servant is of such tribe of Israel. . . .

2 Samuel 16:20-23 And Absalom said to Achitophel: Consult what we are to do. . . .

2 Samuel 17:1,2 And Achitophel said to Absalom: I will choose me twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night. . . .

1 Kings 21:5-15 And Jezabel, his wife, went in to him, and said to him: What is the matter that thy soul is so grieved? and why eatest thou no bread? . . .

Proverbs 1:10-14 If they shall say: Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us hide snares for the innocent without cause: . . .

Proverbs 6:19 My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.

Proverbs 7:5,21-23 For I looked out of the window of my house through the lattice, . . .

Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the reproaches of many, and terror on every side: Persecute him, and let us persecute him: from all the men that were my familiars, and continued at my side: if by any means he may be deceived, and we may prevail against him, and be revenged on him.

Jeremiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord: Behold I will send thee away from off the face of the earth: this year shalt thou die: for thou hast spoken against the Lord.

Matthew 12:24,32-36 But the Pharisees hearing it, said: This man casteth not out devils but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. . . .

Matthew 15:11-20 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man: but what cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. . . .

Mark 7:15,20-22 There is nothing from without a man that entering into him can defile him. But the things which come from a man, those are they that defile a man. . . .

Mark 14:55-57 And the chief priests and all the council sought for evidence against Jesus, that they might put him to death: and found none. . . .

Acts 6:13 And they set up false witnesses, who said: This man ceaseth not to speak words against the holy place and the law.

Acts 20:30 And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Romans 3:13,14 Their throat is an open sepulchre: with their tongues they have dealt deceitfully. The venom of asps is under their lips. . . .

Romans 16:17,18 Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who make dissensions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned and avoid them. . . .

Ephesians 5:3,4 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints: . . .

Colossians 3:8,9 But now put you also all away: anger, indignation, malice, blasphemy, filthy speech out of your mouth. . . .

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish: because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: . . .

Titus 1:11 Who must be reproved, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

2 Peter 2:1,2 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers who shall bring in sects of perdition and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction. . . .

2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first: That in the last days there shall come deceitful scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

3 John 1:10 For this cause, if I come, I will advertise his works which he doth; with malicious words prating against us. And as if these things were not enough for him, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and them that do receive them he forbiddeth, and casteth out of the church.

Jude 1:8-10,15-18 In like manner, these men also defile the flesh and despise dominion and blaspheme majesty. . . .

Revelation 2:14,15 But I have against thee a few things: because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat and to commit fornication. . . .

Revelation 13:1-5,14 And I saw a beast coming up out the sea, having seven heads and ten horns: and upon his horns, ten diadems: and upon his heads, names of blasphemy. . . .

Revelation 18:23 And the light of the lamp shall shine no more at all in thee: and the voice of the bridegroom and the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee. For thy merchants were the great men of the earth: for all nations have been deceived by thy enchantments.

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who wrought signs before him, wherewith he seduced them who received the character of the beast and who adored his image. These two were cast alive into the pool of fire burning with brimstone.

it is.

Luke 16:24 And he cried and said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame.

Acts 5:3 But Peter said: Ananias, why hath Satan tempted thy heart, that thou shouldst lie to the Holy Ghost and by fraud keep part of the price of the land?

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such false apostles are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. . . .

2 Thessalonians 2:9 Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power and signs and lying wonders:

Revelation 12:9 And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world. And he was cast unto the earth: and his angels were thrown down with him.

Taming the Tongue
5Even so the tongue is indeed a little member and boasteth great things. Behold how small a fire kindleth a great wood. 6And 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. 7For every nature of beasts and of birds and of serpents and of the rest is tamed and hath been tamed, by the nature of man.…
Cross References
Psalm 120:2
O Lord, deliver my soul from wicked lips, and a deceitful tongue.

Psalm 120:3
What shall be given to thee, or what shall be added to thee, to a deceitful tongue?

Proverbs 16:27
The wicked man diggeth evil, and in his lips is a burning fire.

Isaiah 50:11
Behold all you that kindle a fire, encompassed with flames, walk in the light of your fire, and in the flames which you have kindled: this is done to you by my hand, you shall sleep in sorrows.

Matthew 5:22
But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Matthew 12:36
But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment.

Matthew 15:11
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man: but what cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

Matthew 15:18
But the things which proceed out of the mouth, come forth from the heart, and those things defile a man.

James 3:7
For every nature of beasts and of birds and of serpents and of the rest is tamed and hath been tamed, by the nature of man.

James 3:5
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