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James 1:11-21 (English Standard Version)

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11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and 1withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. 12 2Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive 3the crown of life, 4which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire 5when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and 6sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 7Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from 8the Father of lights 9with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.a 18 10Of his own will he 11brought us forth by the word of truth, 12that we should be a kind of 13firstfruits of his creatures.

Hearing and Doing the Word

19 14Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person 15be quick to hear, 16slow to speak, 17slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore 18put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with 19meekness the implanted word, 20which is able to save your souls.
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