All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
James takes it a step further in his description of the tongue, but I believe that he is doing this to get the idea that it is a truly dangerous thing. Great damage can be caused by the tongue. Great heartache. Great lies can spew forth from this part of your body. It can even lead others into sin.
James is not done with his warning after this verse. He will in the next few verses paint an even scarier picture of what this tongue can do.
Could I encourage you today to be analyzing your tongue. Monitor it today. Evaluate what it is producing.