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James 1:19-21 The Passion Translation (TPT)

19 My dearest brothers and sisters, take this to heart: Be quick to listen,[a] but slow to speak. And be slow to become angry, 20 for human anger is never a legitimate tool to promote God’s righteous purpose.[b] 21 So this is why we abandon everything morally impure[c] and all forms of wicked conduct.[d] Instead, with a sensitive spirit[e] we absorb God’s Word, which has been implanted within our nature, for the Word of Life has power to continually deliver us.[f]


  1. James 1:19 Although the Greek does not supply an object we are to listen to, it is obvious in the context that we should listen to one another, to God’s voice, and to his Word. May God give us listening hearts.
  2. James 1:20 Or “God’s righteousness will never attach itself to human anger.”
  3. James 1:21 The Aramaic word used here can mean “demonic activities.”
  4. James 1:21 Or “excesses of evil.”
  5. James 1:21 Due to the Greek sentence construction, this clause may refer to what preceded it, “abandon . . . all forms of wicked conduct with a gentle [meek] heart.”
  6. James 1:21 Or “save our souls.” The Greek uses the effective aorist active infinitive σωσαι (sōsai) from σωζω (sōzō) and could refer to the ultimate salvation of our souls (personality, emotions, thoughts) and/or our eternal salvation.
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