22 (A)But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his [a]natural face (B)in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, [b]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, (C)the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but [c]an effectual doer, this man will be (D)blessed in [d]what he does.

26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not [e](E)bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion (F)in the sight of our God and Father is this: to (G)visit (H)orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained [f]by (I)the world.

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  1. James 1:23 Lit the face of his birth; or nature
  2. James 1:24 Lit and he
  3. James 1:25 Lit a doer of a work
  4. James 1:25 Lit his doing
  5. James 1:26 Or control
  6. James 1:27 Lit from