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17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.[a] He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.[b] 18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.[c]

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  1. 1:17a Greek from above, from the Father of lights.
  2. 1:17b Some manuscripts read He never changes, as a shifting shadow does.
  3. 1:18 Greek we became a kind of firstfruit of his creatures.