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James 1:8-18 (New International Version)

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8 he is a double-minded man,1 unstable2 in all he does. 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.3 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.4 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat5 and withers6 the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed.7 In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business. 12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,8 because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life9 that God has promised to those who love him.10 13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own11 evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;12 and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.13 16 Don't be deceived,14 my dear brothers.15 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above,16 coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,17 who does not change18 like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth19 through the word of truth,20 that we might be a kind of firstfruits21 of all he created.
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