12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has [a]been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lordhas promised to those who love Him.13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted [b]by God”; for God cannot be tempted [c]by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin [d]is accomplished, it brings forth death.16 Do not be [e]deceived, my beloved brethren.17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or [f]shifting shadow.
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