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Jakovljeva 3:1-18

Obuzdavanje jezika

1Nastojte, braćo moja, da previše vas ne postane učiteljima; oni će biti strože suđeni.

2Svi mi često pogriješimo, ali onaj tko može obuzdati svoj jezik, kadar je sebe u svemu obuzdati. 3Stavimo li konju uzde u usta, lako ćemo upravljati cijelim njegovim tijelom da ide kamo hoćemo. 4Pogledajte lađe! Tako su velike i gone ih jaki vjetrovi, a ipak ih sitno kormilo upravlja kamo kormilar hoće. 5Tako je i jezik malen ud, a može se pohvaliti velikim stvarima. Malena iskrica može zapaliti veliku šumu. 6I jezik je vatra; on je cio opaki svijet među našim udovima. Kalja cijelu našu osobu i, zapaljen od pakla, zapaljuje sav naš život.

7Svakovrsne zvijeri i ptice, gmazovi i morske životinje dadu se ukrotiti i čovjek ih je ukrotio— 8ali nitko od ljudi ne može obuzdati jezik. On je zlo koje ne miruje, puno smrtonosna otrova. 9Njime blagoslivljamo Gospodina i Oca, ali i proklinjemo ljude koji su stvoreni na Božju sliku. 10Tako iz istih usta izlaze i blagoslovi i kletve. A to, draga braćo, ne smije biti! 11Zar iz istog izvora izvire i slatka i gorka voda? 12Može li smokva roditi maslinama ili trs smokvama? Tako ni slani izvor ne može dati slatku vodu.

Prava, Božja mudrost

13Tko je od vas mudar i razborit, neka dobrim življenjem pokazuje djela učinjena u blagosti. Jer mudro je biti blag. 14Ali nipošto se ne hvalite da ste mudri i dobri ako u srcu imate gorku zavist i sebičnost. Time lažete protiv istine. 15Zavist i sebičnost nisu Božja mudrost. Takve su pojave zemaljske, neduhovne, nadahnute đavlom. 16Jer gdje ima zavisti i sebičnosti, bit će i nereda i svakovrsnoga drugog zla.

17A mudrost koja dolazi s neba ponajprije je čista. Mirotvorna je, blaga, dobrohotna, puna milosrđa i dobrih djela. Postojana je i iskrena. 18A mirotvorci će posijati sjeme mira i požeti žetvu pravednosti.

New International Version

James 3:1-18

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. 2We 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.

3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or 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. 5Likewise, 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. 6The 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.

7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My 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

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

17But 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. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.