|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.|
|Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!|
|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!|
|James 3:5 |
James provided several analogies that show how the tongue, even though small, has the power to control one's whole person and influence everything in his life.
3:6 tongue is a fire. Like fire, the tongue's sinful words can spread destruction rapidly, or as its accompanying smoke, those words can permeate and ruin everything around it.
MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Jas 3:3). Nashville: Word Pub.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
1 Peter 1:3-4 (NKJV)