Bishops' Bible

James 3

We are not rashly or arrogantly to reprove others:

James 3:1 My brethren, be not manie maisters, knowyng howe that we shall receaue the greater damnation: James 3:2 For in many thynges we sinne all. If a man sinne not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle all the body. James 3:3 Beholde, we put bittes in the horses mouthes, that they may obey vs, and we turne about all the body of them: James 3:4 Beholde also ye shippes, which though they be so great, and are dryuen of fierce windes, yet are they turned about with a very small helme, whither soeuer the violence of the gouernour wyll.

but rather to bridle the tongue, a little member, but a powerful instrument of much good, and great harm.

James 3:5 Euen so the tongue is a litle member also, & boasteth great thynges. Beholde how great a matter a litle fire kindleth. James 3:6 And the tongue is fyre, euen a worlde of wickednesse. So is the tongue set among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fyre the course of nature, & it is set on fyre of hell. James 3:7 All the natures of beastes, & of byrdes, and of serpentes, and thynges of the sea, are meeked and tamed of the nature of man: James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame, it is an vnruly euyll, full of deadly poyson. James 3:9 Therwith blesse we God the father: and therwith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. James 3:10 Out of one mouth proceadeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these thynges ought not so to be. James 3:11 Doth a fountayne sende foorth at one place, sweete water, and bitter also? James 3:12 Can the fygge tree, my brethren, beare oliue beries? either a vine beare figges? So can no fountayne geue both salt water and freshe also.

They who be truly wise be mild, and peaceable, without envying, and strife.

James 3:13 Who is a wise man, and endued with knoweledge among you? let him shewe his workes out of good conuersation with mekenesse of wisdome. James 3:14 But yf ye haue bitter enuiyng & strife in your hearte, glorie not, neither be lyers agaynst the trueth. James 3:15 For such wisdome descendeth not fro aboue: but is earthlie, sensuall, and deuelishe. James 3:16 For where enuiyng and strife is, there is sedition & all maner of euyll workes. James 3:17 But the wisdome that is from aboue, is first pure, then peaseable, gentle, and easie to be entreated, full of mercie and good fruites, without iudgyng, without simulation: James 3:18 Yea, and the fruite of ryghteousnes is sowen in peace, of the that make peace.

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