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James 1:17-27 (Today's New International Version)

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17 Every good and perfect gift is from above,1 coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,2 who does not change3 like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth4 through the word of truth,5 that we might be a kind of firstfruits6 of all he created.

Listening and Doing

19 My dear brothers and sisters,7 take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak8 and slow to become angry, 20 because our anger9 does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of10 all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you,11 which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.12 23 Those who listen to the word but do not do what it says are like people who look at their faces in a mirror 24 and, after looking at themselves, go away and immediately forget what they look like. 25 But those who look intently into the perfect law that gives freedom,13 and continue in it--not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it--they will be blessed in what they do.14 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues15 deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after16 orphans and widows17 in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.18
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