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Does a fountain send forth the same opening both sweet water and bitter? (James 3:11)
Does a fountain send forth the same opening. The Greek word means opening or hole (ὀπή opē), such as there is in the ground, or in rocks from which a fountain of water gush. – Hebrews 11:38; James 3:11.
Both sweet water and bitter. Fresh sweet (γλυκύς glukus) sweet honey not bitter (Rev 10:9, 10); fresh drinkable water with no salt (James 3:11-12) and bitter (πικρός pikros), such as, an acrid taste, salty, pungent. This does not really take place in the works of nature, and they would not have been found in man if Adam had not rebelled. Inherited sin makes it possible for an internal battle between good and evil to occur, and the tongue is much of the guiding force that can be beneficial or problematic. It is only by the grace of God that every human is born with a moral code. This moral compass can either be cultivated to create more effectiveness or ignored to create more ineffectiveness.
Clearly, the intended answer to James’ question is no. Water coming from a fountain can either be bitter or sweet but could never be mixed or one then another. This would actually be conflicting with nature. In the same way, it would be contrary to God’s intended purpose of the gift of speech to have both good and bad speech coming out of the same mouth. It is because of our sinful nature, our human weakness, that this abnormal ability is even possible. God knows that he has given us the tools to gain tremendous control over the tongue. For this reason, he also knows that he can rely on us in our imperfect condition to use our speech to proclaim biblical truths, teach others, and make disciples. He has made allowances for those times that we do fall short. The sin-atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ will cover Adamic sin (i.e., inherited imperfection, human weaknesses, the committing of a sin), not the practice of sin. Thus, let us self-examine ourselves, as we need to ensure that we have not fallen into harmful practices with our speech.