3:1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater strictness.
3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

3:2 For we all make many mistakes, and if any one makes no mistakes in what he says he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.
3:2 For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle.

3:3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses that they may obey us, we guide their whole bodies.
3:3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies.

3:4 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.
3:4 Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

3:5 So the tongue is a little member and boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!
3:5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!

3:6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell.
3:6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.

3:7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by humankind,
3:7 For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species,

3:8 but no human being can tame the tongue -- a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
3:8 but no one can tame the tongue--a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

3:9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the likeness of God.
3:9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.

3:10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brethren, this ought not to be so.
3:10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.

3:11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening fresh water and brackish?
3:11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?

3:12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.
3:12 Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.

3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good life let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.

3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.
3:14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth.

3:15 This wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish.
3:15 Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish.

3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
3:16 For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.

3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity.
3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.

3:18 And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
3:18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.