Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

雅各書 3

邪惡的舌頭

1我的弟兄姊妹,不要個個當教師,因為你們知道,我們為人師表的將受到更嚴格的評判, 因為我們在許多方面難免有過失。如果誰在言語上沒有過失,他就是純全的人,也能在各方面保持自制。 我們如果把嚼環放在馬嘴裡,便可以使牠順服,駕馭牠。 一艘大船在遭遇暴風吹襲時,船身雖然龐大,但舵手只要操縱一個小小的舵,就能隨意駕駛它。

同樣,人的舌頭雖然很小,卻能說誇大的話。

看啊,小火星能點燃大森林。 舌頭就是火,是我們身體上的一個充滿邪惡的世界,能玷污人的全身,足以毀掉人的一生,它是從地獄點燃的火。 自然界中的各類走獸、飛禽、爬蟲、水族都可以被馴服,也已經被人類馴服了, 但無人能馴服自己的舌頭,因為舌頭是個無法控制的邪惡之物,充滿了致命的毒氣。 我們用舌頭來讚美主和天父,也用舌頭來咒詛照著上帝的形像被造的人。 10 讚美和咒詛竟然從同一張嘴裡發出來。我的弟兄姊妹,這是不應該的! 11 同一個泉源能湧出甜苦兩樣水嗎? 12 我的弟兄姊妹,無花果樹能結出橄欖嗎?葡萄樹能結出無花果嗎?一個鹹水泉必流不出甜水來。

天上的智慧

13 你們當中誰是有智慧、有見識的呢?請他帶著來自智慧的謙和,在善行上表現出來。 14 但如果你們心懷苦毒的嫉妒和自私的野心,就不要自誇說有智慧,也不要違背真理去撒謊。 15 這種智慧並非來自天上,而是從世俗、私慾和魔鬼來的。 16 哪裡有嫉妒和自私的野心,哪裡就會有混亂和各樣的惡事。

17 但從天上來的智慧首先是純潔,然後是愛好和平、溫良柔順、充滿憐憫、多結善果、不存偏見、沒有虛偽。 18 使人和睦的人撒下和平的種子,必收穫仁義的果實。

New International Version

James 3

Taming the Tongue

1Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 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. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.