Main point summary
Teachers ought to exercise even more caution in what they say, since they will have people following their instruction/teachings....because we all struggle with self control, especially in our speech and we see that the tongue, though small, is able to guide and direct us.
c Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers,
Not many should become teachers
for you know that we who teach will be judged
BECAUSE those who teach will be judged
with greater strictness.
BY greater standards
For d we all stumble in many ways.
FOR we all stumble in many ways
And if anyone does not stumble
ON THE OTHER HAND IF anyone doesn't stumble
in what he says,
BY his speech
e he is a perfect man,
THEN he is a perfect man
f able also to bridle his whole body.
THAT IS he's able to bridle his whole body
If we put g bits into the mouths of horses
IF we put bits into horses mouths
so that they obey us,
it RESULTS in obedience
we guide their whole bodies as well.
THEN we are able to guide their whole bodies
Look at the ships also: though they are so large
LOOK at the large ships
and are driven by strong winds,
that are driven by strong winds
they are guided by a very small rudder
HOWEVER they are guided by a very small rudder
wherever the will of the pilot directs.
WHEREVER the will of the pilot directs
So also the tongue is a small member,
The tongue is a small member
yet h it boasts of great things.
YET it boasts of great things
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!