charge ; and as capable as any other of a right or a wrong culti-vation ; there is this only difference, that while other powers liedormant from neglect, these will be in action whether cultivatedor not, and if we do not direct them to the right, will most cer-tainly expend themselves on the wrong."The truth of this general remark will hardly be disputed. Itmay be followed by another more nearly connected with the matterof our text, that it is often found much easier to control the appe-tites, and refrain from doing wrong, than to restrain the tonguewithin the bounds of sobriety and peace. Even professing Chris-tians fail in this respect, when they have succeeded in establishingtheir religious character in all other points ; and he must be ameeker man than Moses, who has never "spoken unadvisedlywith his lips." Indeed the apostle regards it as the perfectionof the religious character, to be able to govern the tongue so as tocommit no offence. "If any man offend not in word, the same isa perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." For everykind of beasts and of birds and of serpents, and of things in thesea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind ; but the tonguecan no man tame."This notion of the difficulty of refraining the lips from evil, andsubjecting the speech to the rule of Christian morality, while itshould serve to make us patient under any wholesome correction, — ought not be an encouragement to license ; it should rather ex-cite shame and a diligent effort to overcome the evil, which is soprevalent and seemingly incorrigible. For, what is the state of the case ? — Every wild beast of whatever nature, has been subduedby the reason, skill and courage of man ; and the mischief whichmight have been caused by them, is in some measure prevented.But the tongue, which, in its proper employment, should only showforth the glory of God, and be made subservient to the best in-terests of society, is suffered to be " an unruly evil, full of deadlypoison.". o way could ever be found to subdue the tongue, or to preventthe wicked from corrupting the principles, polluting the imagina-tions, and inflaming the passions by their mischievous discourse.