Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles!…
Just before crossing the Hackensack River, on the New York and Erie Railroad, I noticed by the roadside a large sign bearing, in very boldly painted letters, the words," Shut your ash-pan." I wondered what the singular and impertinent counsel meant, when in a moment I found the train on a long levy wooden bridge. I at once saw the force and propriety of the signboard suggestion. Burning coals dropping from the open ash-pan of the locomotive might destroy the bridge, interrupt travel, imperil life, and cause numberless embarrassments in a financial way. So it is very important that the faithful engineer heed the sigfiboard, "Shut your ash-pan." I saw in the admonition a reminder of the words of James, "The tongue is a fire."
Parallel VersesKJV: Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
WEB: So the tongue is also a little member, and boasts great things. See how a small fire can spread to a large forest!