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James 1:19-27 (New International Version)

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Listening and Doing

19 My dear brothers,1 take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak2 and slow to become angry, 20 for man's anger3 does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of4 all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you,5 which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.6 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom,7 and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.8 26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue,9 he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after10 orphans and widows11 in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.12
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