For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.
But no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therefore God also highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.
But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.«
9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God.
10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brethren, this ought not to be so.
11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?
12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.
3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses that they may obey us, we guide their whole bodies.
4 Look at the ships also; though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
5 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!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of evil among the members of the body. The tongue corrupts our whole person, sets the whole course of our life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.