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James 1:17-27 (New American Standard)

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17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is 1from above, coming down from 2the Father of lights, 3with whom there is no variation or ashifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of 4His will He 5brought us forth by 6the word of truth, so that we would be ba kind of 7first fruits camong His creatures. 19 dThis 8you know, 9my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, 10slow to speak and 11slow to anger; 20 for 12the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, 13putting aside all filthiness and all ethat remains of wickedness, in fhumility receive 14the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 15But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his gnatural face 16in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, hhe has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, 17the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but ian effectual doer, this man will be 18blessed in jwhat he does. 26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not k19bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion 20in the sight of our God and Father is this: to 21visit 22orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained lby 23the world.
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