18 (A)Of His own will He brought us forth by the (B)word of truth, (C)that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Qualities Needed in Trials

19 [a]So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, (D)slow to speak, (E)slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Doers—Not Hearers Only

21 Therefore (F)lay aside all filthiness and [b]overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, (G)which is able to save your souls.

22 But (H)be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For (I)if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But (J)he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, (K)this one will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone [c]among you thinks he is religious, and (L)does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 (M)Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: (N)to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, (O)and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

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  1. James 1:19 NU Know this or This you know
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