the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. consider what a great forest is set on 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. out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. my brothers and sisters, this should not be.