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Geneva Bible (1599): James 3

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1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receiue the greater condemnation.

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2 For in many things we sinne all. If any man sinne not in word, he is a perfect man, and able to bridle all the body.

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3 Beholde, we put bittes into the horses mouthes, that they should obey vs, and we turne about all their bodie.

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4 Behold also the shippes, which though they be so great, and are driuen of fierce windes, yet are they turned about with a very small rudder, whither soeuer the gouernour listeth.

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5 Euen so the tongue is a litle member, and boasteth of great things: beholde, howe great a thing a litle fire kindleth.

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6 And the tongue is fire, yea, a worlde of wickednesse: 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.

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7 For the whole nature of beasts, and of birds, and of creeping things, and things of the sea is tamed, and hath bene tamed of the nature of man.

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8 But the tongue can no man tame. It is an vnruly euill, full of deadly poyson.

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9 Therewith blesse we God euen the Father, and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

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10 Out of one mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing: my brethren, these things ought not so to be.

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11 Doeth a fountaine send forth at one place sweete water and bitter?

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12 Can ye figge tree, my brethren, bring forth oliues, either a vine figges? so can no fountaine make both salt water and sweete.

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13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew by good conuersation his workes in meekenesse of wisdome.

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14 But if ye haue bitter enuying and strife in your hearts, reioyce not, neither be liars against the trueth.

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15 This wisedome descendeth not from aboue, but is earthly, sensuall, and deuilish.

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16 For where enuying and strife is, there is sedition, and all maner of euill workes.

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17 But the wisedome that is from aboue, is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easie to be intreated, full of mercie and good fruites, without iudging, and without hipocrisie.

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18 And the fruite of righteousnesse is sowen in peace, of them that make peace.

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