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James 3:13-18 (New International Reader's Version)

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Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Are any of you wise and understanding? You should show it by living a good life. Wise people aren't proud when they do good works. 14 But suppose your hearts are jealous and bitter. Suppose you are concerned only about getting ahead. Don't brag about it. Don't say no to the truth. 15 Wisdom like that doesn't come down from heaven. It belongs to the earth. It doesn't come from the Holy Spirit. It comes from the devil. 16 Are you jealous? Are you concerned only about getting ahead? Then your life will be a mess. You will be doing all kinds of evil things. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is pure. That's the most important thing about it. And that's not all. It also loves peace. It thinks about others. It obeys. It is full of mercy and good fruit. It is fair. It doesn't pretend to be what it is not. 18 Those who make peace should plant peace like a seed. If they do, it will produce a crop of right living.
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