James 3:5
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New International Version
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.


New American Standard Bible
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!


King James Bible
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!


Holman Christian Standard Bible
So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites.


International Standard Version
In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it can boast of great achievements. A huge forest can be set on fire by a little flame.


American Standard Version
So the tongue also is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how much wood is kindled by how small a fire!


Douay-Rheims Bible
Even so the tongue is indeed a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold how small a fire kindleth a great wood.


Darby Bible Translation
Thus also the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. See how little a fire, how large a wood it kindles!


Young's Literal Translation
so also the tongue is a little member, and doth boast greatly; lo, a little fire how much wood it doth kindle!
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Context
Taming the Tongue

1My brothers, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, wherever the governor wants. 5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles! 6And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed of mankind: 8But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not so to be. 11Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12Can the fig tree, my brothers, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Cross References
Psalm 12:3
The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things:


Psalm 39:1
I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.


Psalm 73:8
They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.


Proverbs 26:20
Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.


James 3:4
Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, wherever the governor wants.


Treasury of Scripture

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles!

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Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.

Exodus 15:9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied on them; I will draw my sword...

2 Kings 19:22-24 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? and against whom have you exalted your voice, and lifted up your eyes on high...

Job 21:14,15 Therefore they say to God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of your ways...

Job 22:17 Which said to God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?

Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, whom the LORD abhors.

Psalm 12:2-4 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak...

Psalm 17:10 They are enclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

Psalm 52:1,2 Why boast you yourself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endures continually...

Psalm 73:8,9 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily...

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Jeremiah 9:3-8 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth on the earth...

Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise...

Ezekiel 28:2 Son of man, say to the prince of Tyrus, Thus said the Lord GOD; Because your heart is lifted up, and you have said, I am a God...

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt...

Daniel 3:15 Now if you be ready that at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer...

Daniel 4:30 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power...

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness...

Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaks great swelling words...

Revelation 13:5,6 And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given to him to continue forty and two months...

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Strong's Concordance
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
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Resources
James Chapter 3 Verse 5

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