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Tongue 2

James WEd Niht   •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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James 3:
James 3:7–8 KJV 1900
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
James 3:7–8 NASB95
7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. 8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.
James 3:
James 3. The Tongue Is Wild and Untameable (Verses 7, 8a)

The Greek word for “tame,” meaning “to overpower,” “to subdue,” “to conquer,” was used of bringing oxen under the yoke, of breaking in wild horses, and so on. The idea in this passage may be that the tongue can never be completely domesticated. Man may control the tongue, but it must ever be kept under careful guard; the leash can never be removed from it. Others think the emphasis rests upon the word “man.” That is to say, no man by himself can tame the tongue. This, they explain, does not rule out the possibility that man with the help of God can do it.

God gave man dominion over that James spoke of in VS 7. SO he is saying, we can have power over them, but can’t tame our own tongue. At least not on our own.
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