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James 1:13-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted [a]by God”; for God cannot be tempted [b]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 [c]is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be [d]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 [e]shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be [f]a kind of first fruits [g]among His creatures.

19 [h]This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all [i]that remains of wickedness, in [j]humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.


  1. James 1:13 Lit from
  2. James 1:13 Lit of evil things
  3. James 1:15 Lit is brought to completion
  4. James 1:16 Or misled
  5. James 1:17 Lit shadow of turning
  6. James 1:18 Or a certain first fruits
  7. James 1:18 Lit of
  8. James 1:19 Or Know this
  9. James 1:21 Lit abundance of malice
  10. James 1:21 Or gentleness
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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