Translation of the Greek Text
1 Do not become many judges, my brothers, knowing that you will receive a greater judgment. 2 For we all stumble often. If anyone does not stumble in speech, he is a mature man, and able to control his whole body. 3 Moreover, if we put bits in the mouths of horses for them to obey us, and we control their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, being so large and being driven by violent winds, they are turned by a very small rudder as willed. 5 In this way, the tongue is a small member and boasts of great things.
Behold, how small a fire is kindling how large a forest! 6 The tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is being set in our members, staining the whole body and is setting on fire the course of nature, and being set on fire by Gahenna. 7 For every species both of beasts and of birds, both of reptiles and of sea creatures, is being tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8 but no human being is able to tame the tongue. It is a uncontrollable evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With this we are blessing the Lord and Father, and with this we are cursing people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 Out of this mouth goes out blessing and cursing. It ought not be this way, my brothers. 11 Does a fountain pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 My brothers, a fig tree is not able to make olives, or a grapevine figs. Neither can a fountain produce salt and sweet water.
13 Who is wise and intelligent among you? By his good behavior let him show his works in meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but earthly, natural, devilish. 16 For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there is confusion and every evil practice. 17 The wisdom from above is first truly pure, then peaceable, gentle, easily obeying, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and without hypocrisy. 18 A fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.