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5 Even [kai] so [houto] the tongue [glossa] is [esti] a little [mikros] member [melos], and [kai] boasteth great
things [megalaucheo]. Behold [idou], how great [helikos] a
matter [hule] a little [oligos] fire [pur] kindleth [anapto]!
6 And [kai] the tongue [glossa] is a fire [pur], a world [kosmos] of iniquity [adikia]: so [houto] is [kathistemi] the tongue [glossa] among [en] our [hemon] members [melos], that it
defileth [spiloo] the whole [holos] body [soma], and [kai] setteth on fire [phlogizo]
the course [trochos] of nature [genesis]; and [kai] it is set on
fire [phlogizo] of [hupo] hell [geenna].KJV-Interlinear
5 So also the tongue is a small
part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. Behold, how great a forest
is set aflame by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world
of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the
entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by
As are the bit or the rudder, so too the tongue is a
small tool, which has tremendous power.
The tongue is the means, as illustrated by these
examples, of communicating ideas, thoughts, beliefs, which, when they deviate
from truth, can cause great evils in the world.
How many people have been misled by eloquent speeches,
by commanding tyrants, by smooth sales men, by approbation driven politicians
or celebrities?How many people in the
world have been misled by religious leaders, by speeches of hate, by cute or
When the forest is dry, as the spiritual lives of the
masses are when they lack spiritual resources, then it takes only a little
spark to set the entire forest on fire, burning to a crisp, everyone.
In politics, candidates speak in ambiguous terms -
change, promise, new things, old ways, and they let the hearers make their own
interpretations as to what is meant.Without saying anything, they collect followers who are convinced that
their candidate is going to give each of them what they want.
This is true in politics, in religions, is social
circles all over the world.And all it
takes is a population that lacks the spiritual resources to distinguish between
those who are duping them and those who are trying to lead legitimately.Selfish concerns replace principles of truth.
Any deviation from truth, is tantamount to an
embracing of evil. And the fires of hell are here represented as the course of
nature, or the continual turning of the wheels of evil set in motion, by the
Unless the tongue is stopped, then the motion of evil
accelerates and cannot be stopped easily.
The tongue represents the ideas, the speeches, the
beliefs, the attitudes, that people have in life.And when truth is cancelled out, then a
people will chase their own destiny right over the cliff, all the while
cheering as they go over.And then it is
too late, and many suffer as a result of economic problems, crime problems, war
problems, social problems and so forth.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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