3:1Many teachers become not, my brethren, having known that greater judgment we shall receive,
3:2for we all make many stumbles; if any one in word doth not stumble, this one is a perfect man, able to bridle also the whole body;
3:3lo, the bits we put into the mouths of the horses for their obeying us, and their whole body we turn about;
3:4lo, also the ships, being so great, and by fierce winds being driven, are led about by a very small helm, whithersoever the impulse of the helmsman doth counsel,
3:5so also the tongue is a little member, and doth boast greatly; lo, a little fire how much wood it doth kindle!
3:6and the tongue is a fire, the world of the unrighteousness, so the tongue is set in our members, which is spotting our whole body, and is setting on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by the gehenna.
3:7For every nature, both of beasts and of fowls, both of creeping things and things of the sea, is subdued, and hath been subdued, by the human nature,
3:8and the tongue no one of men is able to subdue, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison,
3:9with it we do bless the God and Father, and with it we do curse the men made according to the similitude of God;
3:10out of the same mouth doth come forth blessing and cursing; it doth not need, my brethren, these things so to happen;
3:11doth the fountain out of the same opening pour forth the sweet and the bitter?
3:12is a fig-tree able, my brethren, olives to make? or a vine figs? so no fountain salt and sweet water is able to make.
3:13Who is wise and intelligent among you? let him shew out of the good behaviour his works in meekness of wisdom,
3:14and if bitter zeal ye have, and rivalry in your heart, glory not, nor lie against the truth;
3:15this wisdom is not descending from above, but earthly, physical, demon-like,
3:16for where zeal and rivalry are, there is insurrection and every evil matter;
3:17and the wisdom from above, first, indeed, is pure, then peaceable, gentle, easily entreated, full of kindness and good fruits, uncontentious, and unhypocritical: --
3:18and the fruit of the righteousness in peace is sown to those making peace.
4:1Whence are wars and fightings among you? not thence -- out of your passions, that are as soldiers in your members?
4:2ye desire, and ye have not; ye murder, and are zealous, and are not able to attain; ye fight and war, and ye have not, because of your not asking;
4:3ye ask, and ye receive not, because evilly ye ask, that in your pleasures ye may spend it.
4:4Adulterers and adulteresses! have ye not known that friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever, then, may counsel to be a friend of the world, an enemy of God he is set.
4:5Do ye think that emptily the Writing saith, `To envy earnestly desireth the spirit that did dwell in us,'
4:6and greater grace he doth give, wherefore he saith, `God against proud ones doth set Himself up, and to lowly ones He doth give grace?'
4:7be subject, then, to God; stand up against the devil, and he will flee from you;
4:8draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you; cleanse hands, ye sinners! and purify hearts, ye two-souled!
4:9be exceeding afflicted, and mourn, and weep, let your laughter to mourning be turned, and the joy to heaviness;
4:10be made low before the Lord, and He shall exalt you.
4:11Speak not one against another, brethren; he who is speaking against a brother, and is judging his brother, doth speak against law, and doth judge law, and if law thou dost judge, thou art not a doer of law but a judge;
4:12one is the lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy; thou -- who art thou that dost judge the other?
4:13Go, now, ye who are saying, `To-day and to-morrow we will go on to such a city, and will pass there one year, and traffic, and make gain;'
4:14who do not know the thing of the morrow; for what is your life? for it is a vapour that is appearing for a little, and then is vanishing;
4:15instead of your saying, `If the Lord may will, we shall live, and do this or that;'
4:16and now ye glory in your pride; all such glorying is evil;
4:17to him, then, knowing to do good, and not doing, sin it is to him.
5:1Go, now, ye rich! weep, howling over your miseries that are coming upon you;
5:2your riches have rotted, and your garments have become moth-eaten;
5:3your gold and silver have rotted, and the rust of them for a testimony shall be to you, and shall eat your flesh as fire. Ye made treasure in the last days!
5:4lo, the reward of the workmen, of those who in-gathered your fields, which hath been fraudulently kept back by you -- doth cry out, and the exclamations of those who did reap into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth have entered;
5:5ye did live in luxury upon the earth, and were wanton; ye did nourish your hearts, as in a day of slaughter;
5:6ye did condemn -- ye did murder the righteous one, he doth not resist you.
5:7Be patient, then, brethren, till the presence of the Lord; lo, the husbandman doth expect the precious fruit of the earth, being patient for it, till he may receive rain -- early and latter;
5:8be patient, ye also; establish your hearts, because the presence of the Lord hath drawn nigh;
5:9murmur not against one another, brethren, that ye may not be condemned; lo, the Judge before the door hath stood.
5:10An example take ye of the suffering of evil, my brethren, and of the patience, the prophets who did speak in the name of the Lord;
5:11lo, we call happy those who are enduring; the endurance of Job ye heard of, and the end of the Lord ye have seen, that very compassionate is the Lord, and pitying.
5:12And before all things, my brethren, do not swear, neither by the heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath, and let your Yes be Yes, and the No, No; that under judgment ye may not fall.
5:13Doth any one suffer evil among you? let him pray; is any of good cheer? let him sing psalms;
5:14is any infirm among you? let him call for the elders of the assembly, and let them pray over him, having anointed him with oil, in the name of the Lord,
5:15and the prayer of the faith shall save the distressed one, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if sins he may have committed, they shall be forgiven to him.
5:16Be confessing to one another the trespasses, and be praying for one another, that ye may be healed; very strong is a working supplication of a righteous man;
5:17Elijah was a man like affected as we, and with prayer he did pray -- not to rain, and it did not rain upon the land three years and six months;
5:18and again he did pray, and the heaven did give rain, and the land did bring forth her fruit.
5:19Brethren, if any among you may go astray from the truth, and any one may turn him back,
5:20let him know that he who did turn back a sinner from the straying of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins.