James 3:12-18 NIV

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

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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.

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14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition4 in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.5

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15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven6 but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.7

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16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition,8 there you find disorder and every evil practice.

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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

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18 Peacemakers13 who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.14

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