James 3:12-18 (New International Version)

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12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?1 Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it2 by his good life, by deeds3 done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition4 in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.5 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven6 but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.7 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition,8 there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven9 is first of all pure; then peace-loving,10 considerate, submissive, full of mercy11 and good fruit, impartial and sincere.12 18 Peacemakers13 who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.14
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